A few months ago, I learned about “Reach Out and Read”, an organization promoting early childhood literacy. I knew at once that I wanted to support their work. The program works with doctors to “prescribe” books for parents and children. They encourage parents to read with their children.
As an author, I know the power of words. Words bring knowledge, and reading brings joy, comfort, inspiration, and hope. Reading opens doors.
Please join me in support of Reach Out and Read. I have already pledged my monthly support, but in addition to my regular contribution, I will donate an additional dollar for each comment on this post.
I’m doing this because I want everyone to be aware of this organization and their efforts to encourage reading, and I want to call attention to the importance of early childhood literacy.
Many times I’ve told the story of my grandfather, a loving, patient man who had little formal education but who believed in and celebrated the power of words. He held me on my lap and read to me each day, pointing out each word and letting me “read” along with him. He devoured books, magazines, and newspapers. My own voracious appetite for reading comes from him.
Too few children today receive the same loving support, the same encouragement to read, read, and read. Through supporting “Reach Out and Read”, I hope to give back in some small measure some of the joy I’ve been given through reading and writing.
I hope you’ll choose to join me in supporting Reach Out and Read. I’m not asking you to pledge money, although I hope you might choose to do that.
All I’m asking is that you show your support for early childhood literacy by leaving a comment on this post. Let me know that you’ve stopped by, that you’ve read about this program, and that you, too, believe it’s vital for children to have opportunities to read, to discover new books, to develop literacy skills.