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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Arm-twist parents into school story-time, says Rosen

BBC – Hannah Richardson

“Children’s author Michael Rosen has urged primary schools to make parents come and sit on the floor for a grown-up story time.” (more)

Saturday, September 27, 2014

John Kitzhaber to begin big push for parents to tell stories to little kids

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“Kitzhaber and Umqua Bank executive Ray Davis will launch the “stORytime” campaign Monday at Bridger Elementary in Southeast Portland, Kitzhaber aides announced Friday.”(more)

Rise in children passing literacy benchmarks as phonics method pays off

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“Government’s phonics check sees 5% rise in number of five- and six-year-olds passing, with 74% of pupils in England reaching expected standard.”(more)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Don’t overlook your school librarian, they’re the unsung heroes of literacy

The Guardian – Sally Dring

“When talking about teaching and learning, most people don’t immediately think of librarians. But in a school where the librarian or learning resource centre manager is valued and properly made use of, we can teach important skills.” (more)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Literacy program helps children read at grade level

The Miami Herald – Alexi C. Cardona

“Two plastic crates filled with children’s books were wheeled into the community center of a housing development in Liberty City. A dozen children chattered as they waited for a cardboard bookshelf to be stocked with the books about colors and numbers, sharks, fairy tales and the adventures of cartoon characters.” (more)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Poor reading ‘could cost UK £32bn in growth by 2025′

The Guardian – Patrick Wintour

“The fear that 1.5 million British children will reach the age of 11 unable to “read well” by 2025 has prompted the launch on Monday of a new campaign backed by a coalition of businesses, charities, bestselling authors and teaching professionals.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Study: Two Years of Music Education Improves Reading, Speech

Education News – Grace Smith

“Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois believe that musical training plays an important role in educational achievement.” (more)

Monday, September 1, 2014

How to be good at going to school: Mallick

The Star – Heather Mallick

“Read everything you’re given, and more. Reading makes your brain expand, it gives you a storehouse that you will draw on for the rest of your life. Think of your brain as a cow. Feed it grass and grain. Milk that thing.” (more)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

The Guardian – Alison Flood

“A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.” (more)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

YA Lit And The Gender Gap in Education

The Huffington Post – Julie Drew

“More teens than ever before are reading fiction outside of school assignments, and half of adolescents surveyed say “they read books to ‘help you figure out who you are and who you could become.'” Young adults want to read — will read and are reading — good stories told well, fiction that speaks to their current young lives and that helps them to imagine how they could and should act upon the world as adults.” (more)