“What’s Hot” Literacy Report from the International Literacy Association

The 2018 International Literacy Association’s “What’s Hot in Literacy” report, compiled following a survey of literacy specialists across the globe, lists the following topics as extremely important (percentages of respondents agreeing therewith provided below): Early Literacy – 87% Equity in Literacy Education – 86% Teacher Education – 85% Strategies for Differentiating Instruction – 85% Access … Continued

April is National Poetry Month

Looking for poetry and poetry guides during National Poetry Month?  Search no further, and share the following resources with your kids/students/young friends. First, why not share a poetic metaphor, found at the Our White House:  Looking In, Looking Out website, in order to provide an example of this literary device?  Gregory MacGuire’s Looking In, Looking … Continued

Jacqueline Woodson – the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Great news!  The Library of Congress recently inaugurated and honored the 6th National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature – author extraordinaire:  Jacqueline Woodson! Ms. Woodson penned the National Book Award winning memoir in verse, Brown Girl Dreaming.  Additional awards include four Newbery honors for:  Brown Girl Dreaming (2016); After Tupac and d Foster (2009); Feathers … Continued

Holiday Gift from The National Children’s Book Literacy Alliance!

The National Children’s Book Literacy Alliance has been promising an unbelievable literacy-based, author-rich educational resource throughout the year, based in our person-to-person events held in 2017.  The promise is now fulfilled in the form of a Holiday gift for literacy professionals – The Girls Read and Guys Read educational resource!! The gift can be found … Continued


At the recent bi-annual conference sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians, newly conceived learner standards were adopted!  The standards are forward-thinking, and, if national and state policy follows this lead, our education system will turn in the right direction! Basically, the standards presume that learning is a life-long process and describe the domains … Continued

Spooky Reading for Boys and Girls!

The most recent NCBLA events, Heroines in Fact and Fiction and Getting and Keeping Boys Reading, were a spook-tacular success!  We hope children taught, mentored, or parented by the attendees, as well as those lucky young people who were present at the events, are reading our featured authors’ books left and right!  Let’s also envision … Continued

Tickets Go Quick! Broadcast Tickets Available Sept. 27th at 5:30!

Yesterday, within thirty (30) minutes from the registration opening, floor seating to NCBLA’s upcoming event “Getting Boys to Read”  flew out the door! While floor seating is now full, YOU can still attend in person! Join the NCBLA on October 5th at The Unlikely Story Bookstore in Plainville, Massachusetts and hear acclaimed male children’s book … Continued

NCBLA Event Guide is a Resource In Itself!

The National Children’s Book Literacy Alliance is sponsoring another major reading event in October – a beautiful time to visit Plainville, Massachusetts and the enchanting bookstore (our sponsor and locale), An Unlikely Story!  The event, How to Get and Keep Boys Reading, is the counterpart to last spring’s event, Celebrating Heroines in Fact and Fiction. … Continued

The American Writers’ Museum – Chicago, Illinois

At the recent American Library Association conference, one highlighted “outside” event included a trip to the newly operational American Writers’ Museum, the first and only museum in the country honoring the collective body of American authors and their literature!!  This museum operates in collaboration with the major home sites of authors from across the country, … Continued