If it's March then it must be time to share your love of reading. Read Across America and World Book Day have put us in an oh-so-perfect frame of mind for Share a Story ~ Shape a Future 2011.
Over the last month, our hosts have been crazy-busy identifying, inviting, and coordinating posts with their guests, not to mention thinking about their own posts. This is an unbelievably enthusiastic crew, and each person we've contacted has said "yes" without any hesitation. At last count, there were more than 35 people participating!
All week long our literacy curators are sharing personal stories, photographs, writers journals, and lots of great ideas. Did you notice the change to the term literacy curators did you notice that in this post? Brenda Power of Choice Literacy used that term in a recent Big Fresh and it just seems so appropriate in describing the Share a Story ensemble. )
Okay, here's what you've been waiting for a few more tidbits about next week.
- Author and TV personality Katie Davis (of Katie Davis' Brain Burps) has an exclusive interview with Terry Doherty, founder of The Reading Tub. Look for her podcast early in the week.
- Mrs. P. of MrsP.com has written an original story, will give us a demonstration of how her website is a portal to reading, AND is launching a new program. [Still a secret!]
- Award-winning authors Tanita S. Davis and Mitali Perkins, and Hannah Ehrlich of Lee & Low Books join Terry Doherty in a roundtable discussion about multiculturalism in books for children and teens.
- Elizabeth Dulemba, Sarah Mulhern (The Reading Zone), Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer), Franki Sibberson and Mary Lee Hahn (A Year of Reading), and their author and illustrator friends will be talking about how they fell in love with reading, who gave them the gift of reading, becoming a write, and ... well, we can't tell you everything now, can we? Here are some of their friends: Sarah Darer Littman, Kathi Appelt, JP Voelkel, Paul W. Hankins, Terri Lesesne, Mitali Perkins, Megan McCafferty, Jess Leader, Jonathan Auxier, Courtney Sheinmel, Barbara Dee.
I know I said it the other day, but it is worth repeating: Although our focus is on young readers-to-be and readers-in-need, there are millions of adults who don't know how to read. If working with adults is something that interests you, we encourage you to visit Zoe's well-annotated list of literacy charities from around the world at Playing by the Book or our Reading & Literacy Wiki.