Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day is This Sunday, June 19

Celebrate with Stories and Activities

Read Together!
If you are looking for heartwarming stories to share with fathers, grandfathers, and the other loving men in your life, be sure to check out the annotated lists of book recommendations compiled by Reading Rockets. Find some books to share this Father's Day weekend on the Fabulous Fathers list and the Reading with Dad list. Both lists include beloved books that celebrate fathers and grandfathers--books that are perfect for sharing with kids through age 12. 
Learn Together!
Two times in our nation's history a father and son have both been elected to the presidency. Do you know who they were? Check out the article and lesson titled "Like Father, Like Son: Presidential Families" on EDSITEment 
You can dig deeper into the American presidency in the NCBLA's anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out. Learn more about this creative tour de force, in which 108 renowned authors and illustrators have donated their poetry, prose, and art to help advance the cause of young people’s literacy and historical literacy at OurWhiteHouse.org.

Help Your Child Send an E-Card
Download your own Father's Day e-card, which features the delightfully bold artwork of Javaka Steptoe. Steptoe is a young artist, designer, and illustrator. His debut work, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, earned him the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

Read Up on the Value of Reading
Don't forget to check out the literacy resources for parents available on thencbla.org, where you will find such helpful articles as "I Will Read to My Kids--If I Ever Find the Time!" and "Kids See, Kids Do! Become a Literacy Role Model."