Book People Unite Campaign By Reading Is Fundamental!NEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | April 23, 2012 at 9:48 am
There’s this new campaign making the rounds from Reading Is Fundamental called “Book people unite”. Now I don’t care if that is making public my geeky side but I wear that badge with pride. I have always loved reading, it has been my escapism from times while growing up in instability and allowed me to dream. The learning was constant and beautiful and I was always thirsty for more. I was in a remote village style abode so there was little to appease that hunger so I grabbed onto any chance I got and read and re-read (and re-read) books.
My parents would send me off on a task and I would discover some old newspaper and be lost in reading until some irate parent came to get me. The library, once I discovered it, was like an oasis. I credit my reading to my writing skills and to me pursuing further studies. Needless to say this is an important part of rearing our kids and even though my kids have not been bitten by the addictive bug, we stay persistent. I find it weird that my girls who are both early readers take a while to get started on a book and yet seem entranced once they do.
Our elementary school has a 15 minute reading per day grid which remains on our fridge and while the aim is 5 hours a month we always shoot for 10 hours. Kids earn charms for their backpack. I wish there were more programs such as this but am proud of our local school for this initiative.
Here is more on this campaign below and you can visit the site here.
This campaign comes at a time when the number of children living in poverty in the U.S. has hit a record high. And for every 300 children living in poverty in America, there is only one book. We can fix this.
Imagine a nation where children have the books and literacy support they need to write their best life story. Where a greater number of students earn diplomas. Where our workforce is larger, smarter and more innovative. Where all communities are thriving.