Children's Book Week

JUST FOR PARENTS

Advice and strategies to help your children read

November 11, 2001

Since 1919, booksellers, educators, librarians and families have set aside the week before Thanksgiving as National Children's Book Week. This year, it starts tomorrow and runs through next Sunday. Its focus is to increase awareness of literacy issues, as well as highlight the quality of children's literature. The theme is "Get Carried Away ... READ," and how reading can take you to amazing places. For information and ideas about this event, visit the Children's Book Council Web site, www. cbcbooks. org / html / book_week .html.

Since the tragic events of Sept. 11, many parents, caregivers and teachers have requested book lists to help deal with the trauma and violence that now surround us. As we all struggle to cope, it is important to recognize how young children may be affected by these terrorist acts. The Children's Book Council has compiled a list of books about trauma, tragedy and loss that are grouped by age / grade levels, which you can find at www. cbcbooks.org / html / cbc_ booklist.html. You may wish to use these books in conjunction with an article, "10 Tips to Help Your Kids Deal with Violence" by Elizabeth Crary, from Parenting Press at www.parentingpress. com / resp_10_tip.html.

Here are a few suggestions from the Children's Book Council to help you enjoy literature with your children and hook them on books -- hopefully, for a lifetime:

READ-ALOUD MARATHON. Choose a book everyone will be interested in (mysteries are good); let each person read aloud for about five minutes, until the story reaches an exciting turn, then pass the book to the next reader.

ESSAY. Ask your child to take two characters from different books and write or dictate a story in which they meet. What do they say to each other? What happens?

READER'S THEATER. Have your child act out his favorite scene from a book.

CLIFFHANGER. Read part of a short story aloud to your child and ask him to discuss or write down what he thinks the ending will be.

-- Susan Rapp

Village Reading Center

Recycling includes books, too

Each year, Americans generate over 200 million tons of trash, even though 28 percent of the population has taken up recycling. On Thursday, participate in America Recycles Day. Marylanders can celebrate on Saturday as well (850 Hungerford Drive / Route 355 in Rockville, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit http: / / solidwaste.dpwt.com / news / americarecyclesday.htm).

Through recycling, we save:

* natural resources

* energy

* clean air and water

* landfill space

Recycling is not limited to paper, aluminum or glass bottles. Donate books to the library or literacy drives. Offer someone else the opportunity to learn from something that's already enriched you and your children's lives. One book that shows kids how to do their part in recycling is The Garbage Monster by Joni Sensel. Use it and pass it on!

For more information, check www.americarecyclesday.org.

-- Athima Chansanchai

New York Times Best Sellers: Children's Chapter Books

Editor's Note: The children's best-seller list has three categories -- picture books, chapter books, and paperbacks -- which are published in rotation, one category per week.

1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (weeks on list: 69)

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (151)

3. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (53)

4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (126)

5. Taggerung by Brian Jacques (7)

6. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (31)

7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (112)

8. The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket (8)

9. The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (15)

10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (3)

Advice and strategies to help your children read

Contact us

The Sun invites readers to send in tips about encouraging children to read, and we will print them on this page or on sunspot.net, our place on the Internet. Please include your name, town and daytime phone number. Send suggestions by fax to 410-783-2519; by e-mail to sun.features@baltsun.com; or by mail to Reading by 9 Parent Tips, The Sun, Features Department, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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