Celebrating Literacy!

Reading-is-to-the-mind....gifJanuary is a big month for literacy awareness. All month long, we celebrate National Book Blitz Month. If you’re like me, your reaction to this was similar to: Great! What’s that?

After some digging, I learned that NBB was created by a PR executive to encourage authors to promote their own books and work more closely with the media to create more buzz about their work.

However, many have chosen to make it about catching up on your “to read” lists, getting better acquainted with your favorite author by reading (or re-reading) their works, or even finding a new favorite author.

Perhaps Book Blitz Month inspired National Read-a-thon Day. On Saturday from noon until 4 pm, readers across the country will join together in four hours of reading, all with the hopes of raising awareness for literacy in our country.


Pete the Cat

And finally, tomorrow is National Reading Day, an annual event celebrated in schools all around the United States. The event is designed to celebrate and encourage reading by Pre-K through third grade students, to develop the literacy foundation they need. At ELBS, we will be gathering together to read “Pete the Cat’s Big Lunch” as a group. He is one of our favorite characters!

Many children and adults with special needs are challenged in reading. Bookshare is a great resource for them. It’s free for any registered student thanks to a grant from the Office of Special Education programs. For adults there is an annual fee of $50, but this provides unlimited access to books and other free reading tools.

I asked a few of our teachers for their favorite books. They included:

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Eric Litwin.

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

The Shape Song Swingalong, SteveSongs

What can you make with a line, a circle or square? This inspiring book, based on an original song by children’s singer SteveSongs, shows how simple shapes can be transformed into anything you can imagine from boats to skyscrapers to a circus. The catchy song and animation will soon have you dancing along, making shapes! Includes a dual-purpose audio and video CD to listen to the sing-along on a CD player or listen and watch the video animation on a Mac or PC.

Up, Up, Up!, Susan Reed

This airborne adventure takes readers ballooning over lands near and far, all the way to the stars. The charming sing-along song on the accompanying CD keeps spirits high, while the rhyming and playful text introduces all sorts of settings and vocabulary-building words.

The Journey Home from Grandpa’s, Jemima Lumley

Hop in the yellow car and look for all the other forms of transportation on the way home from Grandpas. A beautiful, double-page spread at the end features all of the colors and modes of transportation from the story. Includes a dual-purpose audio and video CD to listen to the sing-along on a CD player or listen and watch the video animation on a Mac or PC.

What books have you found that your child enjoys?

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