The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, in conjunction with the Perry Ohio School District, recently presented In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More,
an interdisciplinary professional development day designed for educators, librarians, parents, students of education and library science, and other adults who love books for young people. Our day-long literary event featured renowned authors
Katherine Paterson, Steven Kellogg, Nikki Grimes, Tanya Lee Stone, and
To read all about In Search of Wonder and to peruse the supplemental education resources (which include an education resource guide focused on the work of each participating author with relevant Common Core activities, as well as lists of book recommendations by category), click here.
Illustration at right © Steven Kellogg.
• Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in script form, similar to a radio play. To learn more about Readers Theater, to print our Readers Theater Education Resource Guide, and to print exclusive scripts adapted from the work of Susan Cooper, Grace Lin, and Katherine Paterson,click here.
• Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out is the extraordinary anthology created by over 100 of America’s most gifted storytellers and artists as a project of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. An incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and a stunning array of original art, Our White House offers a multifaceted look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Our White House is available in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press. To learn more and to check out exclusive articles, activities, and discussion questions, visit the companion educational website OurWhiteHouse.org.
• The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a progressive story game played by 20 celebrated authors and illustrators as a collaboration between the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Read it now on Read.Gov. To learn more about this innovative national reading and writing outreach project and the corresponding education resource center, click here.
Welcome! to the website for the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. We are a not-for-profit literacy organization created in 1997 by award-winning children's book authors and illustrators. The NCBLA’s main goal is to make issues related to young people's literacy, literature, and libraries an ongoing priority on our national agenda. We act as a freelance, nonpartisan advocate, creating and developing special projects and events that promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts; educating the public about practical literacy and education solutions; and ensuring young people's right to read.
We have created this site for you, so that you can help the young people you care about become lifelong readers, creative and critical thinkers, and responsible citizens, for we believe that literacy is intrinsic to a healthy democracy. Within our site you'll find a wide variety of information author interviews and book recommendations; information on censorship and young people's reading rights; literacy and literature resources; links to other literacy organizations and book lists as well as information for the press and media. We have suggestions for getting young people excited about books and reading. We offer ideas to help kids become better writers, better critical and creative thinkers. We will also be throwing out ideas that we hope will make us all think more about kids, literature, art, education, and our nation’s future. And because we want all of our young people to have free and fair access to information and story in both electronic and traditional formats, we offer a menu of advocacy ideas so that whatever your profession or personal situation, you too, can become a literacy and library activist.
Take your time, browse through the pages, enjoy. This site is meant to be read. If you have questions, concerns, or need specific information, let us know. We are also very interested in hearing your ideas, suggestions, and creative solutions.
We hope you enjoy our site. We regret only that you'll be missing the experience of a book, solid, warm, and satisfying in your hands a real book that you can read and digest at your own pace, in your own space, lovely to the touch, easily opened, and instantly accessed. Sadly, until technology catches up with books, you'll have to imagine the sibilant whisper of a turning page and the rich and non-glaring elegance of ink on paper. In the meantime, greetings from the NCBLA, and enjoy your visit.
© 2013 NCBLA
|"Writing an Exquisite Corpse Adventure episode is like playing a game of hot potato, tossing the spud from person to person, passing it down a line of friends.
Sure, everyone wants the potato to stay in the air. But it's also really fun if you can put some spin on it when you throw it so the next person has to really reach to grab it. The fumble and save is part of the thrill of the game."