International Literacy Day
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller
“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl
In celebration of International Literacy Day, I thought I’d share a few books that had a huge impact on me as a young reader. I loved books that told stories of animals and their escapades, especially ones that made them out to be heroes and true companions.
In elementary school, my favorite period was library hour. Many times the Librarian would read us a new book, or as we got older it was a free hour of reading time. Each week I checked out the maximum number of books allowed, stuffing my backpack full of new adventures and friends.
I’ve never lost my love for reading and that need for the next book, in fact, I think it has grown. My home has always been filled with books. And when I had kids of my own, teaching them to read and reading with them was truly the icing on the cake.
The ability to read opens up the world to a child, allowing them to experience different places, cultures, and people. With strong themes such as friendship, grief, belonging, and family, books can help a child realize they aren’t alone. Every child should have the opportunity to learn to read with easy access to books. Let’s make literacy a priority in our communities today.
What was your favorite childhood book?