Lots of news over the past two weeks! Here’s the roundup:
- First, happy Children’s Book Week!
- In the brilliant ideas department: Florida kids (and Salt Lake City, and a few others) with overdue books are allowed to read down their library fines–instead of having their borrowing cut off until they scrape together fees. Way to keep the library accessible to the kids who need it most.
- Here’s nice local story about the Reading Recovery program in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
- Police officers in Delaware help kids learn to love reading with the (delightfully named) Book ‘Em initiative.
- Here’s a link to that Common Sense Media report that made headlines with the news that across the board, there has been a huge drop in the number of children and teens who say they read for pleasure.
- And in reference to that report, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni on exactly why this trend is so troubling.
- To keep it light, here’s New York Public Library’s list of hilarious picture books. We’re in a golden age of funny, folks.
- Finally, we’re collecting your recommendations: the book you most identify with summer reading. Tell us what you think! We’re keeping track of your favorites here.