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Colorado Selected to Receive Early Learning Challenge Fund! Make Sure Libraries are Involved!

Today it was announced that Colorado was awarded one of the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Fund grants. What that means: the state will receive 29.9 million in federal funds to

One Book 4 Colorado! What Book Would YOU Suggest?

The State Library has announced that One Book 4 Colorado, the program that gives the same book to every 4-year-old in Colorado, will be ON again in 2013! But this year they need something from librarians and early childhood educators - our book suggestions! What books do YOU think every 4-year-old should read? There are a few guidelines you must stick to, however:

Oregon Libraries Pair Early Literacy with College Savings Accounts

Oregon libraries are pioneering an early literacy program that will tie a parents' early literacy activities with their young children to college savings accounts. The program, called "Project Ready to Learn," will add 2 cents to a child's college account every time they check out a book from the library or participate in an approved library learning program.  The parent will swipe a card that also gives them discounts at local restaurants and other locations.

Texas Women's University Receives Grant to Create "Literacy Matters" Program for LIS Students

Texas Women's University (TWU) in Denton, Texas is joining the University of Denver in offering a program for library students specializing in early literacy.

Poverty and Early Cognitive Development: What's The Connection?

CLEL member Babette R. has written a wonderful summary of a recently-released study that indicates that poverty has a greater impact on a child's cognitive development than early childhood education, whether or not a parent reads to the child. She concludes, and rightly so, that early childhood education, while important, will not close the achievement gap if we do not also work to eradicate poverty.

Early Literacy Storytime Videos for Libraries

Saroj Ghoting, at the request of the Library of Virginia in support of an online class, created a series of videos explaining what early literacy tips in storytime are, and showing how to present them to parents in storytime. Here, she demonstrates the difference between and effective early literacy aside and one that is ineffective:


Early Literacy and Summer Reading

We all know that Summer Reading Programs ("SRP") are a great way for school-aged kids to avoid the "summer slide" - dropping several grade levels of reading ability because they aren't picking up books over their vacation. But for kids who are not yet reading on their own, the summer is a great time to continue developing those early literacy skills that are so important to learning to read.

Book People Unite!

A new campaign by RIF is asking Book People to Unite in the name of getting books in the hands of kids who need them. From their website:

You, Me, and the ABCs: Preview Michael Rosen's New Early Literacy Activity Book!

Via NAEYC comes this preview of Michael Rosen's new book of early literacy activities called You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-to-Read Activities for Kids and Their Favorite Grownups.

What are your favorite NEW storytime books?

May has arrived and my thoughts turn to....NEW STORYTIME BOOKS! I'm fortunate enough that in May I get to give each of the children in the preschools I visit a new book to keep (thanks to our library foundation) but that leaves me less time for storytime. So I generally go themeless, and plan simply to share some great NEW books with the kids. Here are some of the new ones I've found and am loving:

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