Literacy and Me

November brings many opportunities to celebrate literacy and all things “bookish.” This month Americans celebrate National Family Literacy Month, National Novel Writing Month, National Memoir Writing Month, and Picture Book Month. Sometime during November, Literacy and Me will feature a post for each of these occasions.

Today, November first, is National Family Literacy Day. Plan some activity with your family that promotes reading and writing within the family. Because it is the beginning of the weekend, it is the perfect time to start reading aloud before bedtime if you don’t already do so. -OR- Have a read-aloud time after supper where each family member reads aloud at the table something he or she read today they considered interesting, funny, beautiful, or inspiring. If your family has five or six people, including mother and dad, it will not even take even a full hour. If your family does not eat together…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


  1. At the book festival, I attended a session with Pamela Paul. She has a new book out, How to Raise a Reader. The book is full of ideas for how to help teachers, parents, grandparents, librarians to assist children in finding books that they will enjoy. At the end of the session, a man asked a question that has stuck with me: “These are wonderful ideas for people who love books and families who have books in their homes. But how do we reach the children and adults who don’t?”

    I think this is what I want to do for my time at the end of my life. I think it’s what you are doing, too.

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