Monthly Archives: August 2013

International Literacy Day September 8

September 8 is International Literacy Day. 

Here is the link to International Literacy Day, which is organized by UNESCO: 
UNESCO has chosen “Literacies for the 21st Century” as their theme for this year’s International Literacy Day (ILD), an annual event established by the organization in 1965 to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs.


When students possess relevant, contemporary literacy skills, they are not only able to dream big, they’re equipped to achieve those dreams. That’s why we’ve put together an “Invent Your Future” celebration for ILD 2013 complete with classroom activities, freebies for teachers, and a tablet contest. We’re also hosting an #ILD13 Twitter chat on September 9th at 8 p.m. EST. (Join using the hashtag #IRAchat.)


An Australian writer, Susan Stephenson, provides some ideas for celebrating literacy on this important day with the children  in schools: .
For your information, Susan has two websites: and

As a new school year begins, the International Reading Association (IRA) announces a special International Literacy Day (ILD) celebration focusing on career readiness. International Literacy DayIRA adopted the “Invent Your Future” theme for the 2013 celebration in conjunction with Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which will be released in 3D and Real 3D on September 27. The goal? To inspire students to dream big about their future—just like inventor Flint Lockwood, the main character of the film—and illustrate the role literacy skills play in achieving those dreams. To join the celebration:

  • Download the classroom activity kit for ages 5-15+ accessible through Sony Pictures Animation’s site,
  • Share your ILD plans and photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #ILD13 hashtag.
  • Participate in the “Invent Your Future”-themed Twitter chat on September 9 at 8:00 p.m. EST, featuring special guest Bill Hader (the Saturday Night Live alum and comedian who voices Cloudy 2‘s Flint Lockwood), using the hashtag #IRAchat.
  • Enter to win a Sony Xperia tablet (retail value: $499) by submitting your ILD stories, photos, and videos via the official registration form at between September 10-30.
  • Receive a free copy of the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett, courtesy of Simon & Schuster—available for the first 150 teachers who sign up at
  • Request free Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 movie posters and activity books at

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award news

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) in Stockholm has expanded its presence in social media. You are most welcome to follow us on Twitter:

News about children’s literature, the work of the award office and information about our laureates are also available at our blog


The laureates of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award are: Isol (Argentina, 2013), Guus Kuijer (The Netherlands, 2012), Shaun Tan (Australia, 2011), Kitty Crowther (Belgium, 2010), Tamer Institute for Community Education (Palestinian Territories, 2009), Sonya Hartnett (Australia, 2008) Banco del Libro (Venezuela, 2007) Katherine Paterson (USA, 2006), Ryôji Arai (Japan 2005), Philip Pullman (United Kingdom, 2005), Lygia Bojunga (Brazil, 2004), Christine Nöstlinger (Austria, 2003) and Maurice Sendak (USA, 2003).

ECIL 2013 conference program

Welcome to the ECIL Website

The European Conference on Information Literacy (or ECIL) is organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. It will be held from 22-25 October 2013, at Harbiye Military Museum and Cultural Centre in Istanbul, Turkey.

Please register with our system to create your personal account. Once you create an account for yourself, you can use secure areas of the system for saving, editing and sending your papers and abstracts; booking accommodation, airport transfer, excursions; paying conference registration fee; and corresponding with the organizers.

If you wish to receive updates on ECIL 2013 you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook. The main conference site is