How to Get (Young) People Reading

28 11 2018

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WHAT ONE PERSON CAN DO TO GET PEOPLE READING

THE STORY OF ALVIN IRBY AND BARBERSHOP BOOKS

Alvin Irby never wanted to become a teacher, the same profession his mother held for over 30 years in the Little Rock, Arkansas school district in which he grew up. But the adults in Irby’s life saw potential in him that he couldn’t see in himself. “My high school principal, one day during my senior year, he told me, ‘You’re going to be a better principal than I ever was,’” Irby recalls. “And I remember looking at him and saying, ‘Never! I will never go into education!’”

Yet his principal proved prescient. Irby did go into education, and after teaching for several years, he founded Barbershop Books, a reading incentive program that connects young black boys, ages four to eight, to books in male-centered reading spaces. “Barbershop Books’ primary goal is to increase the out-of-school reading time among black boys and to help young black boys identify as readers,” Irby says. “A lot of reading programs are focused on reading skills. That’s not what Barbershop Books is about. Our program is about connecting fun books to a male-centered space, and involving black men in boys’ early reading experiences.”

The seeds for the idea were planted when Irby was a high school sophomore. “In tenth grade, I was in regular English class,” he says. “We were reading short stories and doing spelling lists. This is what we were doing in tenth grade English. And I remember being bored out of my mind.”

So he went to his guidance counselor and requested a more challenging class. “When I switched into this pre-AP class, one of the first things that I noticed when I looked around, or a question that popped in my head, was, ‘Where did all of these white people come from?’” Irby says. “My regular English class was all black. When I switched into this advanced class, all of a sudden, there were white kids everywhere. I didn’t even know they were in the school! And then I started to wonder, why are these classes divided along racial lines like this? What is that about?”

Read further @ Literary Hub





20 New Papiamento Children’s Books Published

12 01 2018

20 New Papiamento children’s books were developed by the Language Project of the Department of Education in Aruba for use in the primary schools and the exam classes of the secondary schools. Papiamento is a creole language exclusively spoken on the islands of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire (Caribbean).

A group of local collaborators, but also internacional persons, wrote, translated, illustrated and edited the material. A varied offer of original works and three translations was the result.

The themes of the books were selected according to the age group. For the primary schools the topics are: friendship, bullying, nature conservation, sports, stamina and teambuilding. Topics selected for the teens are: peer pressure, love, social life, teen pregnancy and drug abuse.

Authors who collaborated are: Desiree Croes, Lorena Boekhoudt-Almary, Beth Briñez Albertsz, Danielle Janga, Marvis Engelhardt, Shaila Vrolijk, Desiree Correa, Yolanda Croes, Diana Marchena-Martes, Ria Arrindell-Broeks, Gina Ramsbottom, Diana Lebacs (Curaçao), Loekie Morales (St. Maarten) and Sally Green (England).

The books are not for sale, but are available at the local library in Aruba.

Read more articles in our new BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr. 68 JANUARY 2018 edition.
Just out now!

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Raising a Reader

31 03 2016
Happy father and son reading book together in bed

Happy father and son reading book together in bed

Are you Raising a Reader?

It’s hard to know where a parent’s work ends in supporting children’s academic achievement. Witness the helicopter parent next door who’s got Kumon on speed dial and watches the classroom webcam like it’s House of Cards. We sense that she’s gone too far in her vicarious quest for success, but can’t pinpoint exactly where she crossed the line between supportive parent and obsessive micromomager.

But it’s abundantly clear where a parent’s educational work starts–at birth. Long before children enter school, parents are their first teachers, consciously or unconsciously laying the pre-literacy groundwork that will undergird all future learning. Yet we tend to spend disproportionate time pondering what other people–teachers, policymakers, enrichment programs–owe our kids. Surely we’d benefit from giving ourselves the same kind of scrutiny. Do the math: we’re with our kids more than any teacher.

Numerous studies suggest that our earliest investments in children’s literacy offer the greatest returns. And I’m not talking about burying kids under a mound of reading worksheets or relentlessly drilling letter names and sounds.

Read further @ Book Riot





BookIsh Plaza @ Afro Chic Event Let’s Talk

14 05 2014

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BookIsh Plaza will be present with its Caribbean books at the upcoming Afro Chic Event. Let’s talk indeed of natural hair, identity and being proud of who you are. There will be lectures, workshops and discussions on the topic. Also everything about how to take care of black hair. The famous TV presenter Sylvana Simons will give an inspirational talk. The renown MC Shay from FUNX radio will lead the event.

Afro Chic Let’s Talk is the biggest event for natural hair in The Netherlands, where naturalistas will be heard. It concerns a hair event for naturals by naturals, where everybody is welcome! The Afro Chic Event is intended for young people with frizzy or curly hair, for parents who have children with this hair type and for all those who want to know more about frizzy hair.

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Verborgen Leegte Well Received @ the Library

14 03 2011


Verborgen leegte
was succesfully launched last friday 11 March at the Biblioteka Públiko Kòrsou in Curaçao .
After the author gave some insights on the novel, Arthur Tholel of the local library spoke with him about the book.  The public asked questions about the Caribbean elements of the book, the use of historical aspects in literature and how difficult it was for a male writer to creep into a female character. The evening was closed with a booksiging session.

the present public at the booklaunch

 
booksigning session with the author

visitors queueing up to buy Verborgen leegte

The local newspapers Extra en La Prensa publicized on 12 March an item on the booklaunch of Verborgen leegte.

Verborgen leegte is obtainable in Curaçao at the following bookstores : Boekhandel Boek Plus & Mensing’s Caminada.

 





Visiting the FPI in Curaçao

12 03 2011

On thursday Quito Nicolaas visited the FPI (Fundashon Planifikashon di Idioma) in Curaçao. This institute promotes the languages in the community and regulates the linguistic situation on the island. The languages concerned are: Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish and English.

Nicolaas toured the FPI and had an interesting talk with its director mr. Ronald Severing. Besides other themes they touched on the development of  Papiamentu in Curaçao and Papiamento in Aruba. This was surely one of the topics not to be missed. A succesful visit.





“Bos pa Planta” On Tour in Aruba

11 03 2011

Author/poet Quito Nicolaas will be on tour from 14 – 17 march 2011 in Aruba with his latest poetry book Bos pa Planta.

The itinerary for the tour is as follows:
• Monday 14 March, 04:00 – 06:30 p.m. – Booksigning @ Bruna Aruba;
• Tuesday 15 March, 12:15 – 02:15 p.m. – Literary workshops @ IPA;
• Tuesday 15 March, 07.30 p.m. – Booklaunch Bos pa Planta @ Dept. Caribiana of Biblioteca Nacional Aruba;
• Wednesday 16 March, 03:00 – 05:00 p.m. – Booksigning @ De Wit & Van Dorp Bookstores Dakota;
• Thursday 17 March, 06:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Booksigning @ Plaza Betico.

More information coming up soon!