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Flat Stanley is a boy from the 1964 book by the same name who learns to embrace his difference--being flat--by making the most of it. Taking the book as inspiration, librarians and students are helping him travel the world by mailing him all over. Templates of the character can be downloaded from the Flat Stanley Project and given or sent to others, who then continue his journey by mail, keep a log, send pictures, etc. It's a variation on the 'garden gnome' theme that really captures kids' imaginations as they track where their Stanleys have gone."
Nice Story From Canada where Unable to imagine a world without reading, two Grade 6 pupils in London have collected 4,000 books for Ontario's First Nations communities. Avid readers Tim Ebbs and Brent Greenway spearheaded the book drive at Westmount public school two weeks ago in response to a public request from Lt.-Gov. James Bartleman, who recently toured Northern Ontario.
"I love books. I read all the time. I don't know how you can live without reading," said Ebbs yesterday, standing amid tables scattered with books at Westmount.
You can't take a television screen to bed, but you can take a book to bed. Agree or disagree, the philosophy behind the statement remains unchanged. Along with it, the fact that most children today will, at any given moment, choose to ogle at a screen, be it TV or computer, than take the pain to read through the series of the Mallory Towers , charts out how reading is losing out to television. Once again a debate between the book and the screen â€” and once again there are no answers, only suggestions.
"The parents would rather have their children reading course books than story books. There needs to be an attempt to refocus on the importance of the space that can only be filled by fantastical tales and the flight of imagination,"
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is proposing that the state provide each child with a book every month from birth to age five. The Governor is quoted as saying, "Iâ€™d much rather see us spend money on books for kids and encouraging parents to read to their kids than some of the things that we waste money on."
Story in the Chicago Sun-Times. The article in the registration-required-so-I-avoid-linking-to-it-when-I-can Chicago Tribune also mentions that the proposal targets families who tend not to use their public libraries.
A nice Piece From The Akron Beacon Journal covers educators who toil daily to make reading fun. They use innovative methods to try to instill a love of books in students.
"I love children and have a passion for them, especially for low-income children,'' Wilson said. ``My heart goes out to parents who don't know how to teach their children to read. I believe children should be read to."
Nice Column by CAROLINE PARR, coordinator of children's services for Central Rappahannock Regional Library on great openings.
She highlights some of the best beginnings of favorite children's books.
"Are you there God? It's me, Margaret. We're moving today. I'm so scared God. I've never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my new school? Suppose everybody there hates me? Please help me God. Don't let New Jersey be too horrible. Thank you."
The innovative service gives families and people who work with children the chance to borrow sports equipment, games and musical instruments for up to six weeks for a small fee.
It is one of only 17 childcare schemes across the country recognised with a Sure Start Partners in Excellence award from the Department of Education.
smh.com.au Has An Article on a a rare interview broadcast on Swedish SVT public service television on Friday with Novelist J. M. Coetzee, winner of this year's Nobel Literature Prize.
Coetzee believes television has replaced books as a source of imagination for many children.
"I did have a sense that there was a certain devotion to the book in the family.
"A lot of children go through a phase of reading in a literally voracious way. It is their primary imaginative activity. Maybe that's an experience which is not so common any more with the presence of television in every home," he said.
News From The Guardian on The Centre for the Children's Book, which uses its collection of original manuscripts and illustrations to encourage creativity in young people, will announce that it has raised Â£6m to create a new home in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Fang-Face writes "There's an article at the American Library Association web site about a nine year-old patron encountering sexually graphic images on a computer in the children's section. The staff seems to have responded poorly. It was reported that a staff member had assured the boy's grandmother the image in question had been removed, but the boy found it again within hours. Raising the spectre that maybe kids are a lot smarter than we give them credit for."