Monthly Archives: March 2013

U.S. Read for My School Campaign

The Pearson Foundation is excited to announce the 2013 Read for My School campaign sponsored by LeapFrog. The Read for My School campaign is a special We Give Books campaign that gives students and school communities the chance to earn books for their school libraries. We Give Books and LeapFrog will donate 150,000 new children’s books to public elementary schools across the country starting March 19 and continuing through April 5, 2013! As school librarians were instrumental in making the Pearson Foundation’s 2012 Read for My School campaign a success, the foundation is inviting AASL (in ALA) members to sign up early before the March 19 start date!

Campaign Details
For every book read on behalf of a school, that school will receive one new book, with the ability to earn a library of up to 250 brand new LeapFrog children’s books. (Schools must read 25 books to qualify.) After a school has earned the maximum number of books, or after the foundation has given out 150,000 books, readers can keep reading for the chance to receive a visit from the We Give Books ReadMobile!

How to Participate

  1. Visit today to sign up to receive a reminder email when Read for My School launches on March 19th.
  2. Read today at We Give Books. As you get ready for March 19, you can help to donate books to children in need around the world.
  3. Give books to schools you select when you start reading on March 19. Every school has the chance to earn a complete library of children’s books.
  4. Share the news of your school’s participation with teachers, parents, and people in your community.

To learn more about how you can share Read for My School with your networks, please open the attached “Share” document or visit

International Children’s Book Day April 2

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People) has been awarded the sponsorship of the 2013 International Children’s Book Day. Artist Ashley Bryan and poet Pat Mora have created an inspirational poster themed Bookjoy! Around the World. The poster and an informative brochure can be downloaded from the website. A high quality full-sized poster is available for sale from the USBBY Website:

These materials may be used in many ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children´s books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions, or announcements of book awards.

A new interactive blog has been developed with articles and resources for celebrating ICBD. Submit your own ideas for celebrating Bookjoy Around the World on the blog.

Begin the month of April with an International Children’s Book Day Celebration and end it with an activity for El día de los niños/El día de los libros for an entire month connecting children to a world of learning through books, stories and libraries.

IRA conference

From our exciting slate of Featured Speakers and wide range of Special Events, to the more than 500 dynamic sessions we’re offering, you’ll feel IRA’s commitment to providing high-quality professional learning that’s personally fulfilling. So join the celebration in San Antonio, Texas from April 19-22, 2013, and connect with more than 10,000 of your colleagues from around the globe. Your investment affords you the chance to learn from some of the most innovative leaders in the field of literacy—and gain the knowledge you need to make an even greater difference in your classroom. Details at

California literacy events

CCLI 2013: “Information Literacy in the Real World”

Friday, April 5, 2013   9am – 3:30pm at San Jose State University Library

What does information literacy look like beyond the classroom? Critical thinking empowers students to make sound decisions about employment, health, and social justice issues. How do you demonstrate the long term value of information literacy beyond helping students academically? This spring, California Conference on Library Instruction (CCLI) invites you to participate in a one-day conference on teaching strategies and technological tools for helping students apply information literacy and critical thinking to their daily lives. The program will explore the application of Information Literacy — both within the walls of our library as well as outside — as we work towards innovative, effective, and engaging teaching techniques for face-to-face and on-line instruction.For more information go to:

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