Welcome to Bloggers Read Across the Globe (BRAG) — Promoting Childen’s Reading and Literacy
BRAG is a new community of bloggers from seemingly disparate fields of interest: authors, book marketers, photographers and others. Though we represent a huge variety of skills and expertise, our message is congruent with the overall literacy theme.
For each day of BRAG, I’ve rounded up literacy facts, especially relating to children. But you can read many of them right here. Right now. I’m dogged about getting the message out. There are many wonderful, well-established literacy initiatives around the world. Ours is one more set of voices supporting people and organizations hard at work addressing literacy. You, too, can be a voice for change. Participate in BRAG. I want to hear your comments and questions. BRAG isn’t going to disappear after March. I’m committed to widening the circle of influence: blog posts, Facebook and many other social media interactions.
Let’s start here. Some facts about children’s reading and literacy included in the BRAG event’s blog posts”
- Children’s Literacy Headline: According to the latest data (2009), 793 million adults – two-thirds of them women – lack basic reading and writing skills. (UNESCO). Sadly, we live in a world where huge numbers of women are unable to share the joy of reading with their children. For women who do read, finding time can be a daily challenge. How do busy moms do everything all at once — the ultimate multi-taskers? How does anyone find enough time to read to their children when everything else begs for attention?
- Children’s Literacy Headline: Reading aloud to young children is so critical that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors prescribe reading activities along with other advice given to parents at regular check-ups. Moreover, many pediatricians now believe that a child who has never held a book or listened to a story is not a fully healthy child. Inequality at the starting gate: Social background differences in achievement as children begin school. Washington, D.C.: Economic Policy Institute.
- Children’s Literacy Headline: During Kindergarten and first grade, child literacy becomes more focused on print material. Alphabet books are great for learning to match sounds with the letters. Reading picture books with a few words and sentences helps children develop early literacy skills.
- Children’s Literacy Headline: 2012 is Australia’s National Year of Reading — a campaign initiated by Australian public libraries, state and territory libraries and library associations, and supported by school libraries and the National Library of Australia. Campaign organizers compiled a wonderful list of resources about children’s reading and literacy. Please visit Love2Read for details.
- Children’s Literacy Headline: Years of research show that when adults read to children, discussing story content, asking open-ended questions about story events, explaining the meaning of words, and pointing out features of print, they promote increased language development, comprehension of story content, knowledge of story structure, and a better understanding of language– all of which lead to literacy success. The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do. Cambridge, MA.