by Beth Bacon
Editor Tracey Keevan
This is the second post in a series honoring reluctant readers.
Two out of three fourth graders in the United States failed to read with proficiency, according to a 2015 Kids Count survey.
The fundamental skill of reading is not an easy one to master.
Writers, editors and educators need new ways of addressing this humbling fact. Continue Reading Guest Post: Beth Bacon & Editor Tracey Keevan on Encouraging Reluctant Readers »
By Gayleen Rabakukk
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators recently announced a new initiative: Books for Readers. To learn how this program would get books into the hands of more young readers, I interviewed SCBWI’s Executive Director Lin Oliver.
So, each region will be nominating an organization, and then the SCBWI Board of Advisors and staff will pick one or two organizations that will receive the books,
Continue Reading SCBWI Initiative: Lin Oliver on Books For Readers »
“Can books help make readers better human beings?
“[Children’s author] Linda Sue Park talks about how books provide practice at responding to the unfairness in life, and how empathy for a book’s characters can lead to engagement in ways that have significant impact in the real world.
“Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including A Single Shard (Clarion,
Continue Reading Video: Linda Sue Park on “Can a Children’s Book Change the World?” »
By Carmen Oliver
for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations
In 2012, I was working on a nonfiction picture book project about white and black spirit bears in Canada and the boy Simon Jackson who was trying to save them from extinction.
At the same time, my daughter was in fifth grade and was given the awesome task of being a reading buddy to an incoming kindergartner.
Continue Reading Book Trailer: Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver, illustrated by Jean Claude »