There are five special days, each hosted at a different blog.
Monday, 8 March: The Many Faces of Reading Hosts: Brian and Steven at Book Dads . Brian, Steven and their guests will be talking about how we each play a role in helping children learn to read. This is the topic that embodies all of the elements of our theme: It Takes a Village to Raise a Reader.
Tuesday, 9 March: Literacy My Way/Literacy Your Way Host: Susan Stephenson at The Book Chook. Susan is putting together a group of contributors to share creative literacy ideas. She will be drawing on all of the elements of literacy in the 21st Century: writing, art, computers, music.
Wednesday, 10 March: Just the Facts: The Nonfiction Book Hook Host: Sarah Mulhern at The Reading Zone. There is lots of interest in promoting nonfiction as a "hook" for engaging readers. Sarah and her guests will talk about writing nonfiction for kids, as well as how to use it effectively ... and not make it feel like homework!
Thursday, 11 March: Reading Through the Ages: Old Favorites & New Classics Host: Donalyn Miller at The Book Whisperer. Donalyn and her contributors will look at books for independent readers. Are there "boy books" and "girl books"? She'll also recommend "new" classics for the books we loved as kids.
Friday, 12 March: Reading for the Next Generation Host: Jen Robinson at Jen Robinson's Book Page. Jen has invited guests to answer some of the things parents wrestle with, like being the opposite reading personality of their child, or feeling pressured to create a reading superstar, among others.
Are you interested in participating? As you can see, there will be fascinating articles to read, but why not think of writing one too? Read on to find out how it works.
The Book Chook blog participated last year and will be again in 2010. As you can see, my role is to host the second day of the tour. The theme for day 2 is Literacy My Way/Literacy Your Way. On that day, I want to link to posts and articles all over the web about what I call creative literacies. While most days on the tour are focused on reading, I want to bring in discussions about traditional storytelling, digital storytelling, the reading/writing link, the role of reader's theatre, visual literacy, games about words, creating comics, ebooks, niche reading, techno-literacies - in short, anything that helps develop literacy skills in kids, but falls outside the more traditional kinds of reading. I believe all those things and more can contribute to raising a reader.
So when Day 2 rolls around, at my blog, I will post my own article(s), and also post a list of titles and links to other participating blogs and sites, updating as links go live and are emailed to me. People who are following the tour (my blog traffic doubled last year!), will be directed to my blog on Day 2, and then will check out those post titles, linking to the ones that entice them to read further. If you write an article about How Graphic Novels Lure Kids to Wider Reading (say), you put your post up on whatever platform you use, copy the article title, url, and a short blurb/hook for readers, then send that to me. I paste it into my list post, so that more people can find out about your article, perhaps stay and get to know your blog, and learn more about the vast and exciting topic of literacy!
If you'd like to contribute a post to day 2, I'd love you to let me know. Use the Contact Me tab above. Of course, you can write posts for any/as many days as you want. If you'd like to find out more about the coming tour, and the other days involved, you can go to the Share a Story blog, or check out the 2009 posts. If you'd like to see how it worked in 2009 at the Book Chook, try this link.
It's such an interesting program, and only a month to go. Be sure to mark it on your calendar!
(updated to fix broken links in last paragraph, thanks to Dawn at Moms Inspire Learning.)