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Right to Read: Supporting Literacy in the Local Authority English Version
INFORMATION:Library Services  Cavan Libraries Children’s Services Donegal Libraries Children’s Services Fingal Libraries Children’s Services  Kildare Libraries Children’s Service  Clare Library Children’s Services    Dublin City Library Children’s Services Dublin South Dublin Library Children’s Services  Mayo Library Children’s Services Offaly County Library Childrens Services, Kilkenny Library Children’s Services Tipperary County Library Just for Kids Sligo County Library Children’s Service   Waterford City and County Library   Services for Children


INFORMATION:Children’s websites  Ask About Ireland Learning Zone  Mrs Mad’s Book-A-Rama  DogEared Book Blog by kids, for kids  KisLit weekly book reviews and recommendations  Shelfari social media site for kids that love books  Books for Keeps children’s online magazine  FÍS Online Bookclub – create a video book review  The Guardian Children’s Books
INFORMATION:Read a story  StoryPlace Digital Library for Children  International Children’s Digital Library  Starfall Learning to Read
INFORMATION:Support Resources for Reading and Creative Writing Fingal County Council Public Libraries development plan – action plan includes three brochures for 0 – 18 months, 1 – 3yrs and 2.5 – 6 yrs South Dublin County Council Public Libraries – brochure and video for Ready to Read, description of e.g. Bedtime Reading Club  Aistear, the early childhood curriculum for children from 1 – 6yr – includes here reading lists and tips for parents. Centre for Effective Services – evaluations of cross sectoral, disadvantaged children community based interventions.  Department of Education and Science, Junior Cycle English Literature course materials – Start with the known and challenge their imaginations from there!  The Reading Agency [UK] is a charity dedicated to inspiring more people to read more, to share their enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to their lives.  The Agency offers an extensive range of programmes for various sectors and age-groups. Appiness is a digital education programme that kick-starts very young children’s learning in a range of areas including literacy, numeracy, art, music, science & technology.  The project teaches the safe and informed use of digital technologies including PCs and tablets to access a special collection of learning materials and apps. Parents also take part in the programme, learning about online safety controls and how to use technology to support their child’s development. The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards [CILIP] has a shadowing site with a range of resources and supports for activities supporting reading development in libraries.  The longlists are significant in breadth, ideas and materials are useful.  Storybird is a digital writing and reading support resource. US creation. Children are encouraged to write by populating illustrations [great selection] provided, to create books & picture books & poems.  This link brings you straight to the explanatory video. This could be a very attractive product to engage older children where access to library IT suites is a service to children.  Books created can be shared on Facebook.  ABRACADABRA.  This is a Canadian resource which offers supports to [1] teachers, [2] parents and [3] children to help develop reading & writing skills to young children.   A series of digital books can be read and there are exercises and games that develop vocabulary, understand the story and encourage children to write. Printable resources and explanations of the purposes behind various activities. tune in for storytime success   Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks are two children’s librarians in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who created Jlibrary from a MLIS course project. It has grown into a blog and YouTube channel that participates in the virtual youth services world.  It includes very basic but effective videos of some of the songs and play games they use throughout their sessions.

INFORMATION:Learning to read and write  RTÉ Spelling Adventure  BBC Bitesize Literacy Activities  BBC Bitesize Reading, Writing & Grammar  Woodlands Junior Literacy Zone  FreeRice Vocabulary Games (Every time a question is answered correctly, FreeRice donates ten grains of rice to the World Food Programme) Reading Rockets


INFORMATION:Listen to stories  Storynory Audio Stories
INFORMATION:Writing stories  The Story Kitchen  Fun English Games story games  Children’s Story Writing
INFORMATION:Other Resources
  • How to Be An Advocate for Teens (by Gretchen of Librarified) is an excellent primer to advocating for teens within your library and community.
  • Kirkus Reviews: Upcoming pre-publication reviews and thousands of archived reviews oc children’s books that are freely available to non-subscribers.
  • Lifesteps Guide: Using the Internet for reading for young people and parents: a listing of websites for publishers, readers and authors
  • New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship: published biannually, is multidisciplinary in nature, providing opportunities for the ‘pure’ discussion of children’s literature, and of issues relating to one of the key places in which to find such literature—libraries for young people.
  • Readergirlz: the cutting-edge literacy and social media project for teens, awarded the National Book Award for Innovations in Reading. It is a nonprofit volunteer organisation. The readergirlz mission is to promote teen literacy and corresponding social service.
  • Using Blogs for collection development: Abby the Librarian’s handout from her presentation at the Illinois Library Federation Children’s & Young People’s Division conference.
  • We Tell Stories: Six authors contributed stories to this project, one each week, which are displayed on the site using interactive internet media
  • What Kids Need: The Building Blocks for Children and Youth: Providing an insight into the complexity of the physical and mental development of teenagers.
  • “‘You’ve changed my life’: teenagers, reading and libraries” is an article by Anne Harding about how libraries can support and encourage reading among teens (especially disadvantaged teens).