Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT
Non-readers, despite their gender, get left behind in life. Low literacy contributes to drop out rates, crime rates, and increased chances for incarceration. This is especially true for boys, who are already less likely to graduate from high school, based on trend reports from the National Council on Education Statistics. What can librarians and educators do to help turn these boys who avoid books into readers?
The presenters will be joined by celebrity moderator Jon Scieszka, founder of Guys Read, a nonprofit web-based literacy program with the mission to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers. In 2008, Scieszka was appointed the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a position created by the Library of Congress to raise national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people. You also know Scieszka as the author of several bestselling children’s titles, including The Stinky Cheese Man, which won a Caldecott Honor medal, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Robot Zot!, and the Time Warp Trio, a chapter book series.
- Sharon K. Hancock, Executive Director, School & Library Marketing, Candlewick Press
- Cheryl Herman, Director of Marketing, Random House BOT
- Michelle Fadlalla, Marketing Manager, Simon & Schuster
- Jon Scieszka, President, Jon Scieszka Worldwide; Co-founder, Guys Read
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