Literacy Month: Look for EOTR Article

Look for “Literacy Oasis in Formation: From Bookapalooza to Charnice Milton Community Bookstore” in the September edition of East of the River. Relevant research, related references below. Update: 9/7 show postponed due to slower than hoped technical rebuild. Charnice Milton Community Bookstore Literacy Month events — 9/7 and 9/14: We Luv Books Radio Program Launch,Continue reading “Literacy Month: Look for EOTR Article”

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Most Literate, Most Challenged

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 ofContinue reading “Most Literate, Most Challenged”

Book Deserts and Their Effects

  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 liveContinue reading “Book Deserts and Their Effects”

Nothing to Read on Their Own

“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 nothingContinue reading “Nothing to Read on Their Own”