Posts Tagged ‘Reading promotion’

Everybody reads!

September 10, 2012

Photo: Swedish Arts Council

Several reports show that young people read less and less. One in four 15-year-old boys don´t reach a basic level of reading comprehension. Now, Swedish Arts Council and The National Agency for Education arrange a conference under the theme “Everybody reads!”, which will focus on how to create real change by building strong structures and collaborations that promote reading – for all children and young adults . On October 18-19, politicians, school directors, librarians and others, get together to listen to current research, share experiences and discuss how to reverse this negative trend.

Link to further reading (in Swedish) here.

Walter Dean Myers

January 13, 2012

Juan Arredondo for The New York Times

The award office is back and ready for a very exciting 2012! In this first blog post of 2012, we´d like to congratulate Walter Dean Myers, the new national ambassador for young people’s literature in the US.  He succeeds author Katherine Paterson (2006 ALMA recipient), and is the third person to be appointed to the post. Walter Myers is an acclaimed author of books for young people. His award-winning body of work includes “Sunrise Over Fallujah,” “Fallen Angels,” “Monster,” “Somewhere in the Darkness” and “Harlem.” The NY Times:

As an African-American man who dropped out of high school but built a successful writing career – largely because of his lifelong devotion to books – Mr. Myers said his message would be etched by his own experiences.

 “I think that what we need to do is say reading is going to really affect your life”, he said in an interview at his book-cluttered house here in Jersey City, adding that he bhoped to speak directly to low-income minority parents. “You take a black man who doesn´t have a job, but you say to him, ´Look, you can make a difference in your child’s life, just by reading to him for 30 minutes a day.´ That´s what I would like to do.”

Read more about Walter Myers here.