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Getting Kids to Love Books for National Reading Month

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Children reading in a groupMarch may be National Reading Month, but it’s important to focus on reading every month of the year. In addition to setting aside time to read regularly during the day (or night) or visiting your local library and bookstore, consider subscribing to the Book of the Month service offered by GiftLit.com.

Founded by two moms, GiftLit allows parents to  choose age-appropriate books (all curated by librarians, editors, and other book experts) to be mailed on a monthly basis. Each book arrives with a personalized card and bookplates, and GiftLit also donates 10% of their profits to schools, libraries, and literary organizations.

For more ideas on what books to read, look to the lists of Newbery and Caldecott winners. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate won the 2013 Newbury Medal and This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen won the 2013 Caldecott Medal. Also, make reading fun by downloading alphabet coloring pages and reading animals printables provided by Reading Is Fundamental. Or download this cute poster, “Reading: It’s Our Only Hope,” part of the promotion for the kid-friendly Star Wars book, Vader’s Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown, and sequel to Darth Vader and Son.

 

Image: Group of children enjoying reading together via Shutterstock.

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Behind the Scenes: “Book People Unite” Video

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Back in April, I blogged about the deliciously funny and clever “Book People Unite” video from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The video showcased various literary characters (Pinocchio, Curious George, Humpty Dumpty) along with media and music celebrities (Jack Black, Regina Spektor, LeVar Burton).

Reading Is Fundamental sent me the follow-up video below, an equally fun behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original. Several cast members are interviewed, including Raggedy Andrew and a very funny Big Bad Wolf, and there are snapshots of how the magical elements came together.

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Consider Giving to Non-Profits on #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Giving TuesdayEncourage your child’s giving spirit for #GivingTuesday, “a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.”  The first-time campaign launches today (as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday) and hopes to spread a “great tradition of generosity.”

Visit GivingTuesday.org to learn more about the campaign and read about various non-profit organizations.  You can also consider the child- and family-focused foundations below that various editors have mentioned before on Goodyblog.

Reading Is Fundamental – brings free books and literacy resources to children across the U.S.

WhyHunger - gives access to healthy, affordable food to impoverished communities in the world

Soles4Souls – collects new and gently-used shoes to people in over 125 countries

88bikes – provides new bicycles to children, in particular girls rescued from human trafficking, in Africa and Asia

Pencils of Promise – builds schools and encourages education in Africa, Asia, and South America

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“Book People Unite” — Pinocchio and Jack Black Want You to Support Reading

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

This cute and catchy music video came across my inbox yesterday and I’ve watched it at least three times.  If you love books and reading as much as I do, you will also love this video from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the largest non-profit children’s literacy organization.  RIF just launched the national ”Book People Unite” campaign to encourage book lovers to band together, and this Public Service Announcement features an original song produced by The Roots.

A montage of assorted puppets (by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop) and animations (by Curious Pictures) of beloved book characters (Pinocchio, Curious George, Babar, Humpty Dumpty, Clifford, Raggedy Ann and Andy, and Madeline) are all seen or heard singing ”Book People Unite.”  Famous musicians and celebrities such as Chris Martin from “Coldplay,” John Legend, Regina Spektor, and Jack Black also contribute vocals for the characters or make appearances alongside them. LeVar Burton, who hosted “Reading Rainbow,” also makes a cameo. (NYTimes.com also has a feature-length piece about the video.)

Last year, RIF provided 14 million books to 4 million children, and the non-profit hopes to give more books to the 16 million children living in poverty in our country.  To show your support for literacy, sign the “Book People Unite” reading pledge and receive a free download of the song.

Can you spot all the book characters or match them to the celeb voices?

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