Child Advocacy

Born to Read

At the Membership Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall at the ALA 2009 Annual Conference, April Roy, member of the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee presented the new brochure and announced the new product line for the ALSC Born to Read initiative during a Saturday Membership 101 Program. April shared the new design which offers quick tips about how to share books with your baby, includes a book list, and stresses that talking to and reading to babies increases their language development and understanding. As the parent of a 7-week-old daughter, April knows how busy expectant and new parents are and how overwhelmed they can feel by all of the reading material given to them. The new design is crisp and uncluttered with the headings “Read,” “Share,” “Talk,” and “Play.” Some of the tips are: Read to your baby every day. Set aside a special time, such as before…

Audio books

Guys Listen

It takes me awhile to process everything from Conference but one of the highlights was seeing Jon Scieszka, our National Ambassador of Literature for Young People. He is always charming and funny. We talked about a serious topic, however. Many of us are familiar with his Guys Read program but Jon has also started Guys Listen. This program recognizes that reading can be defined broadly, especially if we want to involve boys in literature and the joy of reading. The program is just getting started but Listening Library/Books on Tape has posted some information on their website, including a sampler of audiobook recommendations for boys. Librarians can listen online, or request copies of the sampler by email from BOTmarketing@randomhouse.com. The samplers would be great promotional items for the end of summer reading programs. ALSC member Rose Brock was very involved in developing the program, which will continue to grow with…