We Act Radio rejoins the air waves 9/14 with the premiere broadcast of We Luv Books Radio. Maya Gonzalez, author, educator, and co-founder of Reflection Press. Author of When a Bully is President, to be highlighted at 9/23 ARTivisim Afternoon bookstore event. Brother Yao, poet, Bowie State University professor, and co-founder of the former Karibu … Continue reading Radio Premiere: Maya Gonzalez, Brother Yao, & Sing-Talk-Read
From We Act Radio's Education Town Hall: Washington has been declared the "most literate" city in the U.S. since 2010. Meanwhile, DC also has areas with illiteracy rates close to 50%, and a "book desert" where 830 children would need to share one age-appropriate book for sale. Hear from Dr. John W. Miller, author of … Continue reading Most Literate, Most Challenged
Book deserts "may seriously constrain young children’s opportunities to come to school ready to learn," says professor Susan B. Neuman, lead author of a study which included several neighborhoods in the District. [(USC Emeritus Professor) Steven] Kashen reports that book access and poverty are related but separate. On the one hand, “Children who live … Continue reading Book Deserts and Their Effects
"Children who live in poverty have fewer books in their home, sometimes none. Fewer books in their neighborhood, fewer bookstores. They go to schools with inferior classroom libraries, school libraries, etc. You can have the best teaching in the world, and it's not going to help when children are hungry, undernourished, ill, and have nothing … Continue reading Nothing to Read on Their Own
Here, for those interested, is the full Family and Community Engagement (FACE) 2013 Compendium of Research (Compendium PDF), including the "Access to Books" section shared in "Picture Books and Their Consequences."
"The average child growing up in a middle-class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading. The average child growing up in a less economically stable family, in contrast, has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading." (J. McQuillan, The literacy crisis: False claims, real solutions. Portsmouth, … Continue reading Picture Books and Their Consequences