International Literacy Day is about focusing attention on worldwide literacy needs. For this International Literacy Day, the International LiteracyAssociation (ILA), formerly the International Reading Association, has compiled a kit of creative classroom ideas and student activities centered on the collective action theme The Power of the People: Start a Literacy Movement. Several activities in the kit encourage teachers to connect their students with another classroom across the globe. ILA’s partners at ePals.com provide an easy platform that teachers can use to find one another. Teachers can share their stories and photos with ILA on social media using the hashtag #ILD15.
Plus: This year ILA is working with Little Free Library to encourage the construction of community libraries around the world. Download the special kit with instructions on how to build and maintain a Little Free Library.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
The Library of Congress has launched an online collection of 67 historically significant children’s books published more than 100 years ago. Drawn from the Library’s collection, Children’s Book Selections are digital versions both of classic works still read by children today and of lesser-known treasures.
Eric Carle, Picture Writer: The Art of the Picture Book is a 32-minute portrait of Eric Carle, creator of more than 70 books for children, including the bestselling classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In this documentary, Carle methodically layers a tissue paper collage of the caterpillar, pours over thumbnail sketches, and ruminates on drafts of his books.