For children's authors, today is full of excitement and honor. The American Library Association announced the winners of several prestigious children's literary awards today. As a child, I remember my mom telling me that I could "have any book that had a sticker on it." Really?? I get a book AND it has a shiny sticker on it? To this day, I still look forward to the shiny stickers that decorate award-winning novels. I am often tempted to re-purchase books with the medals on them. These 'stickers' are the Nobel Peace Prizes of children's literature. They are must read novels. They will always be must read novels. They are books that every child should read. Pick a book, snuggle up and start reading!
I love reading challenges! Reading challenges inspire you, and your children, to explore a wider breath of literature. Since there are twelve months in the year, I picked twelve different themes for you! Each theme is appropriate for readers of any age. Pick a book for the family or a few different books for each family member that fits into each monthly theme. Then, you can discuss these topics at dinner! You don't have to all read the same book to discuss your reading and what you're learning.
Use the comments to let us know which books you picked for each theme! I'll post monthly updates with suggestions for the following month!
"What did the author mean when they wrote....?"
"The use of all caps on line ____ demonstrates which of the following?"
"The author's use of a simile on line ___ accomplishes which of the following?"
"The imagery in the second stanza helps the reader understand ----"
Across the nation, libraries are facing massive budget cuts. Furthermore, a large portion of the library budget is now dedicated to technology and makerspaces. Libraries are closing. Libraries are losing shelf space to make room for makerspaces and technology centers. Public libraries are necessary for the community. They provide a free education resource. Books are the ultimate learning source for people of all ages and interests.
This article from the Huffington Post explains "Why Libraries Matter." American Library Association President Molly Raphael writes, "We need library supporters to continue to step forward all across the country. Many have and the results are impressive; decision-makers listen to what people in their communities want. Libraries design their services to meet the diverse needs of their specific communities so it is not surprising that people fight for what matters to them. Resources are available to help communities at ILoveLibraries.org." This is definitely an article worth reading!
As infants, the first language we begin to develop is our listening vocabulary. Long before we are able to speak in cohesive sentences, read our first words or write our names we are able to understand the people surrounding us. As toddlers, we begin to learn to speak. Next, we learn to read and finally, we learn to write. It is through the words, pages and books that we read that we develop the writing skills required for success in both school and our careers. In a 2005 study, 70% of 300 surveyed college instructors felt that students were unable to comprehend college-level reading or complex written materials.1 Thus, it is imperative that we encourage a higher level of literacy in children and maintain the development of our students’ reading brains.