I was pleased to see that CNN provided a quick look at 826Valencia (the first of the 826 tutoring centers around the country), quick though it might be. I do wish it offered some more practical advice on finding tutoring for kids, which is not an easy thing to do. Still, it’s a good start. I only wish we had an 826NYC in Manhattan as well as in Brooklyn. I get requests for it all the time. Thanks to Lisa Brown for the link!
Along similar lines is this recent video about Reading is Fundamental (yay, RIF!) and some of their partnerships for kids:
Thanks to Watch. Connect. Read. for the link.
You may notice that the young author they spoke to in that last video was the increasingly noticeable Jarrett Krosoczka. This has been a good year for the man. Between hosting the CCBA ceremony to appearing all around the country speaking about the importance of reading, I’m going to have to up my game if I want to beat him to being a future Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. I kid. The man’s a shoo-in. I mean, would I have the guts to wear red plether the way he does?
I would not.
I also was pleased to see that there was a video out there of a Guys Read panel at BEA featuring Jarrett and a bunch o’ fellas I’d just love to grab a beer with sometime. Particularly Mr. Gantos. I can think of few better conversationalists than that man. Plus, where else are you going to find a single panel with Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Matt de la Pena, Jack Gantos, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Jon Scieszka?
Well played, de la Pena. Clearly your star is rising.
And for our off-topic video of the day, many of you know that I’m a Kalamazoo girl. I wear my Kzoo pride on my sleeve and the devil take our nearby towns! Yet even I had to concede that this epic lipdub (that’s a term now) filmed in neighboring Grand Rapids is fairly full to overflowing with awesome. The sheer scale of it . . . I mean the part where you get to the flames . . . . anyway. You’ll see.
Thanks to Meredith Arwady for the link!