We’re trying something new this spring. With Reach Out and Read and the Cambridge Public Library, the Horn Book is presenting a one-day conference about books and the youngest readers/listeners/lookers. We thought it would be useful to cross-fertilize our areas of expertise (Reach Out and Read on brain development, CPL on using books with children, the Horn Book on evaluating books) and find out where we think differently and what we–doctors, librarians, teachers–might learn from each other when it comes to early literacy and nurturing the appreciation of books. Each of the organizations will present its side of the story, and the conference keynote is being provided by Dr. Robert Needlman, author of the latest editions of Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.
The conference, held on April 25th at the Cambridge Public Library and sponsored by Penguin, DK, and the Junior Library Guild, invites all professionals in the early-learning community to attend. And it’s free, so you had better sign up now as space is very limited.