Welcome to Literary Mama Rewind! Every few weeks we’ll round up some of our favorite essays, stories, poems, columns and reviews from the Literary Mama archives relating to a particular theme. If you can read, you can do anything. This month we are featuring writing that reminds us why we ought read to our children, and the importance that literacy has in our personal lives and in our society. Read on!
- Love and Literacy in the Time of Parenting by Pam Allyn in Literary Reflections
Our teenagers are writing and reading, I would posit, more than ever before. It may be reading and writing like we have never seen, but there it is nonetheless.
- Writing Prompt: Love & Literacy in the Time of Parenting by Christina Marie Speed on the Blog
Where has technology intersected with your parenting?
- Essential Reading: Favorite Read-Alouds, Kids and Adults by Katie De Iongh in Literary Reflections
Blog Co- Editor, Karna Converse shares, “My daughter loves Angelina and the Princess. When we read this one together, we talk about being responsible for oneself and supporting our friends…”
- One Book at a Time by Diana Renn in Literary Reflections
I admit, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden is a tough read for a two-year-old. It’s a tough read at any age.
- Reading Minds: The Imperfect World of Children’s Literacy by Katherine J. Barrett from the Column Mother City Mama
Parents in the US have wondered “why Johnny can’t read” for over half a century — at least since Rudolf Flesch published his inflammatory book by that name in 1955. Like Flesch, parents have pointed to the education system, and almost always found it lacking.
- The Social Politics of Reading by Rebecca Steinitz from the Column How Does your Bookshelf Grow?
Though I don’t do book clubs and my eternal fantasy is several hours alone with a book, I am ever eager to share my reading experiences, whether with friends in conversations, emails, and Facebook posts, with strangers in reviews, or, of course, in this column.
- The Reading-Aloud Years by Libby Gruner from the Column Children’s Lit Book Group
I’ve been reading aloud to my kids for sixteen years now, give or take. In the early years, I read Mariah picture books and early readers until I memorized them.
- Reading News: Mem Fox’s Birthday by Amanda Jaros on the Blog
As a student, professor, and author on literacy, Fox is an avid proponent of reading aloud to kids.