Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Share a Story~Shape a Future

It's that time of year again...another sign that Spring is right around the corner!  Share a Story ~ Shape a Future is an annual blog event to promote literacy, celebrate books, and provide resources for parents, teachers, and readers everywhere. I love this year's theme which is "Unwrapping the Gift of Literacy."

Each day a different kidlitosphere blogger serves as host for the posting of several other bloggers. Yesterday's theme was "The Power of a Book".  There so many great posts yesterday about the power books can hold in our lives. 

Donalyn Miller (@donalynbooks), reflected on the power a book can have, not only in her classroom, but in her own life, at her blog,  The Book Whisperer.

Over at  The Goddess of YA Literature , Terri Lesene (@professornana) shared about the power of reading aloud, sharing, and talking about books with readers of ALL ages.  I loved her term "scattershot", throwing out loads for books to see which students will choose which books.
Paul W. Hankins (@PaulWHankins) allowed us a glimpse into his own classroom as he helped create a powerful connection between one of his students and the author a book.

Carol Rasco (RascofromRIF), CEO of Reading is Fundamental (RIF) shared about the AMAZING work RIF has been doing for 44 years on her blog, Rasco From RIF!  I have witnessed first hand the power of book lending and ownership she writes about!

If yesterday's posts are any indication, we are in for some amazing sharing this week!  Check back for more links and overviews during the week!

** The Share a Story, Shape a Future logo was created by Elizabeth Dulemba, children's book author and illustrator, and SaS/SaF contributor.

Monday, March 7, 2011

World Read Aloud Day~March 9, 2011

World Read Aloud Day, being held this year on March 9, 2011,  is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to every person, regardless of race, age, or economic situation. It is intended to motivate children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another. 

Reading aloud happens everyday in my classroom. It's not a special event but rather a daily routine that strengthens the bond of our community of readers. It's magic...and my class will be sharing that magic on Wednesday by reaching beyond the four walls of our classroom.  We will be connecting via Skype with classrooms and libraries in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Illinois, as well as having a special read aloud by author Jody Feldman! 

Find out how you can get involved by visiting the LitWorld website! I would love to hear about your plans for World Read Aloud Day!  What would you miss if you could not read or write?