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This Is Your Kid’s Brain on Fiction

Almost 4 years ago, I blogged about Ali Dent’s literature clubs.

Aaannd. . . .earlier this year, I used our club experience as the setting for THE LITERATURE CLUB PROJECT. (Only 99 cents! Perfect short story read for 9 and up!) <- obligatory commercial

As you can tell, my family has loved being part of a literature club. It blends books and friends, reading and laughter.

lit club 4Since my original post, Ali has helped other parents form their own literature clubs. Last year, she also published a book for parents who want to know how to form their own group.

You can see what THE LIT CLUB is all about if you watch the trailer above. (If you’re a fan of Adventures in Odyssey, you may recognize the narrator.)

And for a limited time, Ali’s book, THE LIT CLUB, is 1/2 price. Now’s the perfect time to explore how a literature club could make a difference in your family’s lives.

P.S. If you just want a taste of what literature clubs offer, you should visit Ali’s website to get a FREE literature club guide to THE HUNGER GAMES.

3 Helpful Ways Adults Can Be Part of World Read Aloud Day

3 Helpful Ways Adults Can Be Part of World Read Aloud Day

The big – as in worldwide – read aloud day is only a week away. Are you ready?

Next week, tens of thousands of people across the globe will read aloud to bring attention to the importance of stories, words, and reading.

Reading is like breathing in and writing is like breathing out, and storytelling is what links both. – Pam Allyn, founder LitWorld & World Read Aloud Day

And while the attention of many people is focused on young children and picture books, it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some interesting ideas for adults who want to show their support:

  • poetry pop-up cafe — businesses treat their customers to short poetry readings sprinkled throughout the day. (I’d love to hear Howard Nemerov’s “Bacon & Eggs” or William Carlos Williams’ ode to plums in “This is Just to Say” over the intercom system at my local grocery store. Or how about Emily Dickinson’s “There is Another Sky” over the loudspeaker of your favorite gardening store?)
  • skype with a friend – just as children’s author Kate Messner has put together a group of authors who volunteered to read to libraries and classrooms throughout March 5, you can skype with a long-distance friend to share what you are reading.
  • set up a book swap – co-workers, exercise buddies, or bridge clubs/bunco groups/Bible studies can include time to talk and swap books that they’ve recently read. The discussions are usually as much fun as finding new authors.(Wouldn’t it be great if all authors allowed their e-books to be loaned on March 5th? I’m always disappointed when I want to share an e-book with a friend, but can’t because the author or publisher has blocked it.)

So really, no matter how we highlight words and stories and reading on World Read Aloud Day, we should celebrate and encourage literacy in our communities.

I hope you plan to read aloud on March 5th!