Monday, December 19, 2011

Help the NCBLA Continue Its Vital Work Helping Our Nation's Young People!

 The NCBLA Needs YOU!

Please consider making a donation this holiday season to the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. Large or small, we value and honor every dollar, every donation.
We believe that literacy is essential to the development of responsible citizens in a democracy. And we believe that citizens, both young and old, must have equal access to stimulating books and information sources that invite them to dream and give them the tools to achieve their dreams. As writers and illustrators, teachers and mentors, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles—as citizens and neighbors—our ultimate question is always how can we best serve all of our nation’s children?  

Consider the educational impact made by the NCBLA in 2011:
Our progressive story game titled The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, originally published on as the foundation of a national reading and writing initiative created by the NCBLA and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, was published by Candlewick Press in hardcover and a kid-friendly paperback. The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is also available on audio. Click here to check out the extensive educational materials created by the NCBLA designed to support The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.

The NCBLA presented a free, interactive workshop for kids at the Northwest One Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C., which featured some of the nation’s most-popular children’s authors and illustrators, including National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson; Jack Gantos; Patricia McKissack; and illustrators Chris Van Dusen and Calef Brown. Moderating the discussion with the young people in attendance was Mary Brigid Barrett, also a children's book author and illustrator and founder and president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance.

The NCBLA opened the 11th Annual National Book Festival events in the Children's Pavilion with a dramatic reading of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Participating in our dramatic reading were: National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson, Mary Brigid Barrett, Calef Brown, Susan Cooper, Jack Gantos, Gregory Maguire, Fredrick McKissack, Patricia McKissack, and Chris Van Dusen.

The NCBLA joined forces with the Cambridge Public Library and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to present  The Exquisite Conversation: An Adventure in Creating Books!, which featured  a distinguished panel of eight award-winning authors and illustrators discussing the creative process. This presentation was free and open to the public and included M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, Susan Cooper, Timothy Basil Ering, Steven Kellogg, Patricia MacLachlan, James Ransome, and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson! NCBLA founder and president Mary Brigid Barrett moderated the discussion. 

As the presidential primaries and election grab national attention, the NCBLA continues to educate our nation's young people through the Our White House book and companion website. Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out is an award-winning art and literature anthology, which includes original poetry, paintings, photographs, historical fiction, nonfiction, and primary source materials about American history that use the White House as a unifying theme. The website includes a vast array of articles, resources, and activities to help young people connect with American history. Sample articles to share with young people include Presidential Menageries: George Washington, Hound Dogs, and Super Mules, as well as Persuading the People: Presidential Campaigns and Getting the Votes and Getting Elected: The Popular Vote vs. the Electoral College.

The NCBLA expanded its communication efforts by creating a facebook page, helping us to reach even more families and educators by promoting the educational programs sponsored by the NCBLA and other literacy organizations; highlighting pertinent literacy, art, and education news and information; and encouraging citizens to act upon critical legislation that affects our nation's kids! Click here to check it out...and be sure to friend us!
In 2012, we hope to launch a new national literacy education initiative with the Library of Congress, the Children's Book Council, PBS Reading Rockets, and other educational partners. We need your help to make it happen! Your donation to the NCBLA is tax-deductible! Thank you!
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit. 
To make a donation by credit card, click here

If you would like to send a check or money order, please mail your donation to: 
Mary Kemper, Treasurer
The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
P. O. Box 1479
Brewster, MA 02631
As the NCBLA settles down for a holiday "nap," our staff and board would like to wish you and your family a delight-filled holiday season and a joyous New Year!