Book mentor Joe Murphy plays an educational dinosaur game with children.
Photo by Molly Delaney
January 10, 2013

How Book Mentors Support Early Literacy

Kelly Russell, child development services manager for Champaign County Head Start, describes how Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project builds community support for early literacy in Champaign County.


Head Start children look up to view planetarium show
January 09, 2013

Working Together to Help Kids Learn About the Universe

Staerkel Planetarium director David Leake describes what it has been like to introduce 500 book mentor children and their families to space with the "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" show.


Shony Coleman reading to his son
Photo by Michael Owen Thomas
January 08, 2013

Shony Coleman

Every year, Illinois Public Media trains more than100 volunteer readers who go into Head Start and early childhood classrooms to read a book and do a related activity with the children. Some volunteers, like Shony Coleman, are parents.


Cartoon characters from the PBSKids show SuperWhy!
January 07, 2013

SuperWhy! in the Classroom

Head Start teacher Cecelia Mintz thought kids’ shows were just kids’ shows until she saw how the children in her classroom responded to the PBS KIDS early literacy series SUPER WHY! As one of more than 60 teachers in Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project, Mintz watches episodes of SUPER WHY! with her classroom and integrates concepts and activities from the show into her curriculum.


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