- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 13, 2002

Books

• "The Read-Aloud Handbook" (fifth edition), by Jim Trelease, Penguin Books, 2001. The author, who advocates reading aloud to children and teens, uses a question-and-answer format to address issues linked to reading.

• "Great Books About Things Kids Love," by Kathleen Odean, Ballantine Books, 2001. Ms. Odean, who was the 2001 Newbery Medal committee chairwoman, divides more than 750 books into subject categories so parents can help their children pursue their interests.

• "Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide," by Betsy Gould Hearne and Deborah Stevenson, University of Illinois, 2000. This text offers concise, thought-provoking reviews of children's books and serves as a helpful guide for parents to the world of children's literature.

Associations

• The National Center for Family Literacy, a nonprofit organization, supports literacy services for families via programming, training, research, advocacy and dissemination. Address: 325 W. Main St., Suite 200, Louisville, Ky. 40202. Phone: 877/FAMLIT-1. Web site: www.famlit.org.

• Reading Is Fundamental Inc., a grass-roots network of volunteers, works to provide books and literacy programs nationwide. Address: 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20009. Phone: 800/590-0041. Web site: www.rif.org.

Online

• The site www.trelease-on-reading.com is filled with reviews, book lists, interviews and suggestions, courtesy of read-aloud guru Jim Trelease.

• Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people how much fun it is to read. Supported by the Association of American Publishers and the Magazine Publishers of America, the campaign's site (www.getcaughtreading.org) features, among other resources, a fact sheet on the importance of reading to young children.

• Learn "50 Fun Ways to Improve Reading" and read an interview with Reid Lyon, adviser to President Bush in early childhood development and education, at the site of Schwab Learning (www.schwablearning.org), a nonprofit organization that focuses on children with learning disabilities.

• Book It, Families, founded by Pizza Hut in 1985, exists to motivate children to read more and to help them develop a lifelong love of learning. The Web site (www.bookitfamilies.com) focuses on reading aloud and offers tips, ideas and support for families.

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