That's what the National Literacy Trust says.
Poorer children and boys were less likely to have books, it added.
The survey was carried out in September with school-aged children from 111 schools across the UK.
It suggested that a third (33.2%) did not have books of their own. That translates to 3.8m children UK-wide.
Hoxton Monster Supplies, my local outlet of the 826 Valencia literacy charity, has put some of its marvellous "monster supplies" online, including tins of Mortal Terror and Night Sweats, cubes of earwax, and fang floss. These folks do wonderful work, and they've got really cool package design.
polymer clay and found object sculpture by deetsy on Etsy (Thanks, Blooflame!) Read the rest
Here's how you can get involved: * Snag the banner above, created by the uber-talented David Ostow (who blogs hilarious cartoons here), and add it to your website, linking back to this post to share the love, and proclaiming that you will indeed ROCK THE DROP! * Print a copy of the bookplate below and insert it into a book (or 10!) that you'll drop on April 14th. Drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) and you're done. Lucky finders will see that the book is part of ROCK THE DROP! * Snap a photo of your drop and email readergirlz AT gmail DOT com with the pic -- we'll be posting lots of pictures of drops happening all over the world at the readergirlz blog, and our friends at Figment will also be featuring the event!Rock the Drop! (Thanks, Lorie Ann, via Submiterator!) Read the rest
Imagine people around the globe finding copies of amazing books in unexpected places, gifted out of love for YA lit. Everyone can participate to raise awareness of the day!
Danny received five months of training to become a Read dog. Greyhounds are particularly well-suited because they do not bark and their short coat is less likely to trigger allergies.The dogs who listen to children reading Media Meltdown: a media literacy comic for kids Boing Boing Important fMRI study literacy tips - Boing Boing Question Box: the Internet for remote places, no literacy or ... Read the rest
Nevett hopes that the scheme, piloted in Kent, will spread. "We've had some success stories, including a girl with Down's Syndrome who really took to the dog and improved her reading," he says. "When Danny goes to sleep I tell the children that he's dreaming about their story."
They're great books, too, donated by generous publishers. Among the three dozen choices are P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast's HOUSE OF NIGHT series and Alyson Noël's SHADOWLAND.rgz and First Book Partner for A Novel Gift! Over 125,000 free books to low-income teens (Thanks, Lorie Ann, via Submitterator!) Operation Teen Book Drop: getting 10000 books into the hands of ... Read the rest
We need your help getting the word out about the A Novel Gift campaign. Right now! Right now! As in, now!
An Argentine artist has built a tank covered in bookshelves that he drives through the streets of Buenos Aires and remote towns, operating it as a kind of bookmobile, or "weapon of mass instruction."
Literature gets a ride in the streets of Buenos Aires (Thanks, Scott!) Post-apocalyptic bookmobile PSAs from Mississippi Kenya: help the "camel bookmobile" bring books to rural nomads ... Read the rest
Radio Shack 1986 Previously:Comprehensive excoriation of ebook stupidity Amazon Kindle eBook Review (Verdict: Confusing, Expensive...but ... Ebook DRM provider goes dark, the books you paid for disappear ... O'Reilly drops ebook DRM, sees 104% increase in sales Free ebooks correlated with increased print-book sales Tor writers on free ebook giveaways as a book-sales tool Free ebook download: Scott Kirsner's "Fans, Friends & Followers ... Read the rest
Young adult author Lorie-Ann Grover sez, "In 2008 and 2009, readergirlz, GuysLitWire, and YALSA orchestrated publishers' donations of 20,000 new young adult books to hospitalized teens across the country. For 2010, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything has joined forces with these three organizations to drop over 10,000 new YA books, donated by publishers, into the hands of teens on Native Tribal Lands. Nationwide, librarians, over 100 YA authors, YA lit lovers, and teens will drop YA books in their own communities on April 15th, 2010, to raise awareness for Operation TBD 2010 and Support Teen Literature Day. They will participate further by purchasing books from the TBD Powell's Wish Lists during National Library Week. Purchases will be shipped directly to enrich one of two Native American libraries. Everyone will join an online party that evening at the readergirlz blog."
Operation Teen Book Drop (Thanks, Lorie-Ann!) Previously:Media Meltdown: a media literacy comic for kids Media Literacy Week Canada: kids learn to remix Question Box: the Internet for remote places, no literacy or ... Read the rest