There are so many public service announcements (PSAs) on smoking, drinking, drugs, and other health issues, some directed at children and young adults and others directed at adults. But what effect do PSAs about reading have, if any? This study looked at positive and negative literacy television messages and assessed children's thoughts about them.
A 2008 study in our database just wanted to know what kinds of books adolescents read, when they read, and why.
Want some perspectives from professionals not in the health field? Take a look at the National Education Association's facts about children's literacy and their intiative Read Across America. You might also like to read about the American Library Association's stance on family literacy , including various intiatives sponsored by their ethnic caucuses and library divisions.
Family literacy isn't just about getting every member in the family to read. It's also about promoting positive family interactions and togetherness. Here is a study on family dinners and television to take a look at. In 2010, the New York Times found that time families spent together was increasing . Finally, the grassroots organization the F amily Dinner Project offers families lots of resources for spending quality fun time together--think of all the possibilities that eating together can lead to: conversation can increase the vocabularies of babies and toddlers; children and parents can talk about the books they're reading or the things they're leanring in school; and cooking together means the potential for a much healthier meal than you might find in a restaurant.
Finally, take a look at this article on how mothers who are literate can help make their kids healthier.
Are you planning on celebrating National Family Literacy Day?