In children’s literacy news this week:
- Teachers, librarians, booksellers, take note: via Publishers Weekly‘s Shelftalker blog, Josie Leavitt has great ideas for how bookstores can host successful teacher nights. Josie (of the Flying Pig in Shelburne, dear to my heart) throws credit to Karen Rosenthal of RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT (also dear to my heart). This Vermont reader originally from eastern Connecticut admits to double hometown bias.
- In Wired, an article on how the superpopular computer game Minecraft and similar games help kids read. Don’t dismiss this one! There are some profound insights–for example, struggling readers can handle extremely complex texts if they’re really, really interested in the content.
- For fun, an interview with the hilarious Jon Scieszka via Playing by the Book just in time for Moldy Cheese Day (it was Oct. 9, but I’m sure yesterday’s moldy cheese is still moldy today. No reason to not celebrate).
- And in The New York Times, the business of adapting adult nonfiction for kids these days when nonfiction rules the reading list.