National Literacy Month just finished, so let’s chat about it. What does literacy mean to you?
As a book lover, I see literacy as such an important topic. One of my favorite projects is the
One of my favorite projects is the Read Aloud campaign. The campaign message is so simple – read aloud to your child 15 minutes a day. I have been doing this with my son (I mean, not super daily, but regularly) and he is a book lover too. I love to see him crawl into his little chair in front of his bookshelf in his room and just sit there quietly enjoying his time.
I also loved in grade school when the teacher would read a chapter of a book to us and then when we had silent reading time. I loved those activities. I loved when teachers had bookshelves in their classrooms and you could borrow their books and then chat with them about the books later.
There are so many great programs to help start children off as life-long readers, so they grow into adults who read.
As a life-long reader, literacy is very important to me. And the fact that women make up two-thirds of the world’s illiterate population is both staggering and disturbing. Mothers who don’t read to their children have children who don’t read, perpetuating the cycle.
I can’t imagine my life without books. Meeting all of the different characters. Visiting all of the different places. And I recently watched this mesmerizing video on how books are made. It made me really glad for modern e-readers and access to reading materials.
Now you’ll have to excuse me while I go read. And figure out how to do my part to help fight illiteracy.