Libraries should be the heart and soul of a classroom, a school, a community—Gholdy Muhammad and Julia Torres explore the history and the current status of our most critical literacy resource—our libraries.
The Literacy Innovators Forum is an online presentation of ideas, insights, and innovations related to literacy, language, and learning — moderated by school librarian Julia Torres, author of Liven Up Your Library: Design Engaging and Inclusive Programs for Tweens and Teens.
To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves. —James Lee Byars Click here to register for the event.
Calling all civically-minded partners to help spread the joy and power of reading! A rich reading life is the key to a healthier, stronger, and more fulfilling life for us all. Reader’s choice is the spark that ignites the motivation to read—and the reader you support today, may become the innovative problem solver who helps us all tomorrow.
Healthier Kids Foundation is excited to announce its partnership with Bring Me a Book, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by middle school English teacher turned CEO, Judy Koch. Bring Me a Book helps all children thrive through the joy and power of reading— leveraging literacy to create a more humane and hopeful world for us all.
Bring Me a Book helps all children thrive through the joy and power of reading— leveraging literacy to create a more humane and hopeful world for us all.
• Develop, with their family’s support, a lifelong love of reading
Their process is simple. It begins with each child’s creation of a Bookelicious bookmoji, which is a personalized reading avatar, reflecting a child’s likes and interests. The creation of the bookmoji is the beginning of how they invite children to think about who they are as readers. Next, children browse the Bookelicious universe of books to identify ones that are matched to their interests, and they create their own Reading Wish Lists.
With support from Bring Me a Book, children obtain books for their home libraries from the diverse and extensive Bookelicious collection—20,000 titles curated by a team of professional librarians and educators. Additionally, children learn to fulfill their Reading Wish Lists by developing a library habit! Bookelicious is connected to World Cat, so children can check to see if the book they want is in their local public library. Or, equipped with their Reading Wish Lists, they can visit the public library, and librarians are always delighted to help young readers fulfill their wish lists in the library!
The Reading Wish Lists empower children as readers. Children are twice as likely to read the books that they choose themselves; indeed, book choice and book ownership are the catalysts for developing a lifelong reading habit that offers immeasurable benefits in school, work, and life.