A few Library-related things that I have come across on the Internet recently… (Yes, I am still here, by the way.)
Having a young toddler means I’m reading a lot of children’s books these days, and quite naturally I’m often thinking about the best ways to encourage literacy. I came across a lovely post published on The Imagination Tree on “The Importance of Rhyme in Early Literacy Development” (click here). This is not just about books that rhyme, but also about singing nursery rhymes together or telling rhyming stories:
By singing and re-telling familiar rhymes and rhyming stories we teach or children: – auditory discrimination – listening skills – a rich range of language – concentration skills – oral storytelling / poetry skills -phonemic awareness
The article has some lovely practical advice on how add more rhymes to your toddler’s life, e.g. making a fairy tale story basket.
And, a bit of personal advice from me: take your child to storytime at your local library, because there you’ll get nursery rhymes, stories, interaction with other children and much more – for free!
Secondly this week, I was encouraged to read in The Guardian (click here) that Neil Gaiman and many other prominent authors have written an open letter in support of CILIP’s campaign to stop the decline of school libraries. You can find the full background to the story on the CILIP website (click here):
England currently ranks 23rd out of 23 OECD nations for teenage literacy. We are the only OECD nation where the literacy of 16 -24 year olds is below that of people aged 55 and over. Despite this, school library services are facing disproportionate cuts, resulting in the loss of an estimated 30% of the school librarian workforce.
Finally, I’ll leave you with a tweet by author Matt Haig that really struck a cord with me:
Reading isn’t important because it helps get you a job. It’s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given. Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. How minds connect. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape. Reading is love in action.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) November 17, 2017
CILIP, 2017. Dear Education Minister, it’s time to stop the shocking decline in our school libraries. [online]. Available from: https://www.cilip.org.uk/?page=schoollibrariessos (accessed 25 November 2017).
FLOOD, A., 2017. Neil Gaiman leads authors demanding action to halt decline of school libraries. The Guardian, 23 November 2017. [online]. Available from: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/23/neil-gaiman-leads-authors-demanding-action-to-halt-decline-of-school-libraries (accessed 25 November 2017).
HAIG, M., 2017. Reading isn’t important because it helps get you a job. It’s important because it gives you room to exist beyond the reality you’re given. Reading makes the world better. It is how humans merge. How minds connect. Dreams. Empathy. Understanding. Escape. Reading is love in action. [Twitter]. 17 November. Available from: https://twitter.com/matthaig1/status/931629654850588674 (accessed 25 November 2017).
RANSON, A., 2016. The importance of rhyme in early literacy development. The Imagination Tree, 8 March 2016. [online]. Available from: https://theimaginationtree.com/the-importance-of-rhyme-in-early-literacy-development/ (accessed 25 November 2017).