Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature


“The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant No. 1 New York Times best-seller “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” (2006), a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself face down on the ocean floor — lost and waiting to be found. “The Tale of Despereaux” (2003), the Newbery Medal-winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures, stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And “The Magician’s Elephant” (2009), an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?”

More details, additional resources,and video here:

Declare Your Love


“Every day, in countless communities across our nation and the world, millions of children, students and adults use libraries to learn, grow and achieve their dreams. In addition to a vast array of books, computers and other resources, library users benefit from the expert teaching and guidance of librarians and library staff to help expand their minds and open new worlds. We declare and affirm our right to quality libraries -public, school, academic, and special – and urge you to show your support by signing your name to this Declaration for the Right to Libraries.”

Want to Increase Your Social Skills? The Answer is READ!

A new study published in the journal Science concludes that when we read literate fiction (not those steamy beach reads), we are more likely to perform better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence.  Research suggests that reading literary fiction requires us to use our imaginations, compelling readers to infer and heighten our awareness of emotional nuance. Read the full article from the New York Times here.Image

Do we need more convincing? We’re imagining that soon reading will be able to cure the common cold.

Reading Resources

Helping Your Child Become a Reader

Find some good tips on how to encourage reading at home. These Reading Resources offer strategies and tips for building reading and literacy skills at home. Reading Rockets is another site dedicated to teaching kids to read and helping those that struggle.

Photo courtesy of EngageNY

Summer Reading Kick Off Events

Children’s reading levels often slide over the summer; however, this does not have to happen. Every year, the Brooklyn Public Library campaigns and encourages everyone, especially children, to continue reading over the summer.

The Brooklyn Public Library is launching the 2013 Summer Reading Campaign with fun activities and give-aways for kids and young adults:

Thursday June 6th from 2:00-4:00 pm at local branches, and 10:30am – 3:30pm at the Central Library with special appearances by Spiderman. Check out our local Carroll Gardens Branch – 396 Clinton @ Union.

The theme this year is “Discovering Hidden Treasures” and the statewide theme is “Digging into Reading.”   Discover summer reading lists, game boards, and of course, summerreading.org


Step One: Stop by room 208 next to the main office.

Step Two: Feel free to borrow a book on the honor system

Step Three: Please try to limit borrowing time to 2 weeks

Step Four: (Optional, but definitely encouraged) Leave a book to share with other readers in our community
(Please do not leave more than two books at a time — no textbooks, workbooks, or battered books.)

Celebrate the joy of reading and sharing!

4 Things To Know About Reading

“But once children become independent readers, we often encourage them to read quietly alone. Older children and adults can enjoy hearing a story aloud, too (why else would audio books still exist?), and all readers need time to talk about what they are reading to develop deeper understandings of it.”

Read more from The Indiana Partnership for Young Writers.