This is a free week. Sorry that I am late posting this but I sort of ran into the problem that this feels like Tuesday and not Wednesday.
On my mind lately has been the campaign to #SaveOurBooks while I think the target of getting the President to show a love of books is a great one I do not think that is nearly enough. Our youth looks up to the celebrities, they mimic them. If they see them reading then that is what they will do. I have been sending out messages to different actors that I know are in movies that are big with kids and teens in the hopes that at least one will respond and then perhaps a domino effect will happen.
I know it is not some dreadful disease that needs immediate attention but when our children are running more towards illiterate that is when we need to step in and do something. I’ve worked in a school with 3rd grade children where OVER half the class was reading at a kindergarten level. I spent hours working with these kids (volunteering) with a new program that got them involved. I made reading a game for them, when they saw the first kid who reached grade level in reading get a little diploma I had made AND their favorite candy suddenly they all wanted more time to work on their reading. I had third graders asking if it was alright with me if they stayed in during recess to read. They would ask me what books I read when I was younger. They would come in with a childrens version of a classic and I would tell the all the more detail they would find in the true book. Which made them want to be able to read that.
Now, if I can do that. I, who only gave of my time and these kids had NO clue who I was before I stepped in there then imagine what an actor or singer that these kids adore could do.
I am one of those people who gives books for gifts, I always make sure to tuck in a toy as well for the younger children but there is always a book there. I had someone turn their nose up once because I got their child a story book for a birthday but later was told that it had become part of a bedtime routine. The child loved listening to that book. Books are powerful and everyone needs to make sure that this is something not lost on the next generation. A generation who can simply listen to a book (I enjoy audio books as well, so I have nothing against them) instead of having to actually read the book themselves OR they watch the movie and figure that it just like the book. The books are always so much better!!