Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Celebrate!

It’s mid-November and not in the least too late to celebrate. What are we celebrating? I’m glad you asked. Take your pick or celebrate them all! Picture Book Month: An international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book founded by author and storyteller, Dianne de Las Casas. Simply stated on the Picture Book Month […]

Children’s Bookroom: International Literacy Month

September is National Literacy Month and Saturday, Sept. 8 marked the 52nd annual International Literacy Day. In an effort to raise awareness for literacy and its significance as a foundation for lifelong learning, this annual event brings together communities, organizations, students, and educators. Although September 8th was this past weekend, you still have the rest of this […]

Children’s Bookroom: INSPIRATION to WRITE

A story exists in each of us. I encourage children and adults to find inspiration to write. Ideas can come from a variety of sources: Pictures Newspaper or magazine articles Sunday school lessons or sermons Events in one’s own life Events in other people’s lives Shared conversations (with permission and without revealing sensitive info that could personally […]

Children’s Bookroom: POEM IN YOUR POCKET

Every year in April, we celebrate National Poetry Month. Launched in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world. Each year worldwide, schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets commemorate poetry’s vital place in our nation. Use poetry to encourage readers, especially struggling readers. Poetry […]

Children’s Bookroom: CREATING YOUR OWN LITERACY EVENT

As parents, teachers, and librarians, it takes a little creativity to encourage and motivate children to read. I would like to provide a few tips to inspire your young readers. Visit the National Day Calendar (http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com) for interesting themes to celebrate. You can locate themes by the day, week, and/or month. For example, yesterday, January […]

Children’s Bookroom: READING TO WRITE

I often tell my students “good readers write and good writers read.” In my opinion, writing and reading are inseparable. The connection between reading and writing is essential to a child’s literacy development. Teachers and parents can nurture a child’s imagination through writing. An article in The Science of Learning affirms the importance of writing […]

Children’s Bookroom: Book Festivals

This week, I am straying from my normal post of children’s literacy issues to talk about book festivals. Many book festivals around the country will host them next month, in September, and the months to follow. Fostering literacy and encouraging the enjoyment of literature in young children and even in adults remains to be an important function […]

Children’s Bookroom: BOOKS TO MOVIES: MOTIVATING CHILDREN TO READ

Do you know of children who do not like movies? I do not. Do you know of children who do not like to read? I do! In fact, over the course of twenty-two years in education, I have run across many children who say they do not like to read. We know there are many contributing […]

Children’s Bookroom: CLOSED-CAPTION TO REINFORCE LITERACY

Closed-caption, subtitled television shows, and movies can assist in supporting literacy skills for early readers, struggling readers, English Language Learners (ELLs), students with learning disabilities, deaf and hard of hearing children and adults. Other formats for closed-caption might include DVDs, music videos, video games, and online streaming or content. Research reveals using closed-caption programming in […]

Children’s Bookroom: Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to a child is significant to their development in becoming a fluent reader. It builds a strong reading foundation and background knowledge. In addition, it introduces vocabulary and provides a model for fluency and expression. However, when we think of reading aloud, we often envision reading to young children. It might be interesting […]