Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan Newsletter

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Every Child Ready to Read in Michigan - April 2016

Every Child Ready to Read

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Welcome to Our Early Literacy Outreach program!

Welcome to the first monthly newsletter which is just one component of The Library of Michigan’s launch of their two-year Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) program. The program is based on the American Library Association’s project of the same name.  Teaching parents and other caregivers including early childhood educators how to support the early literacy development of young children is the basis of the program. The Library of Michigan has ECRR manuals available that libraries can request. Training was offered in March, but it was not necessary to participate in training to receive the manual. Contact Karren Reish at reishk@michigan.gov if you would like a manual.

Many libraries feel that they are participating in the ECRR program by instituting practices within their storytime programs. However, that is not the basis of ECRR. In fact, the manual does not address storytime programs per se, rather the initiative’s goal is to reach parents and caregivers, specifically those from low-income and/or low education families, with the importance of engaging in early literacy practices with their young children. Those five practices are: Talking; Reading; Singing; Writing and Playing. The manual was written to assist librarians in offering workshops to parents and caregivers. There are five main workshops to offer to adults (four with children present): Parent Workshop; Fun for Parents and Children; Fun with Letters for Parents and Children; Fun with Words for Parents and Children; and Fun with Science and Math for Parents and Children.  In addition, there is a workshop to offer to Community Partners; a workshop to train other staff members; and a final workshop on how to create Early Literacy and Learning Spaces.

Watch for upcoming training webinars on subjects related to ECRR which will be offered on July 14, August 22, and November 10. For more information on this project, contact Sue at: sue@kidlitplus.com.

For more information and materials, go to www.michigan.gov/youthlibraryservices in the Every Child Ready to Read section.

--- Sue


For more than 15 years the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents to avoid screen time completely for children under the age of 2, and to limit screen time to no more than two hours a day for children older than 2. The medical group is now rethinking their position and they are reviewing their guidelines in the era of iPads and apps, realizing that their former guidelines are now outdated. For more information, see an NPR article at http://n.pr/1IQtRER.

New Book of the Month

The House That Zack Built by Alison Murray. Candlewick Press, 2016.

ISBN: 978-0-7636-7844-9

This book will be great for children’s narrative skills. They can join in on repeated words or help retell the story.

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Web Site of the Month


Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy

The CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards are an annual recognition of five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. Each one of the five books relate to one of the five practices that are part of the Every Child Ready to Read Program. You can check winners from the past also – the award has been in place since 2014 so there are fifteen recommended books.


Sue McCleaf Nespeca

Sue McCleaf Nespeca is an early literacy & children’s literature specialist heading Kit Lit Plus Consulting. She is a trainer for the Every Child Ready to Read Project and The Very Ready Reading Program. In addition to her M.L.S., she has a M.Ed in Early Childhood with a specialty in early literacy.