Read Across America, World

Today, my family is celebrating Read Across America Day. As an avid reader, it’s fun to have a holiday devoted just to reading. Throw in some fireworks and a parade and now you’re really talking!

In schools across the country, teachers will lead activities designed to get parents and children reading together and enjoying some of the best children’s literature. NEA, the National Education Association, interviewed some members of Congress to find out what their favorite books are; you might find your representatives here.

At the same time it’s important to realize that while access to books is something that most Americans can take for granted, that’s not the case everywhere in the world. There are many developing countries that don’t have a reliable – or universal – library system. We are very fortunate to have such an excellent system and there’s no better way to celebrate that good fortune than by visiting your local library, selecting a good book, and reading it to the child in your life.

(Just so you know, there’s nothing wrong with skipping ahead and reading the next chapter while that child is asleep.)

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