In the midst of all the crazy, wacky, and bizarre celebrations this month is one that is near and dear to my heart. It’s International Children’s Book Day. The annual event is celebrated on — or near — April 2, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen.
A popular picture that makes the rounds of Facebook pages is this one:
It’s true. The gift of reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give to any child. I cherish my memories of my grandfather holding me on his lap and reading to me — not only from “Little Golden Books” but from newspapers, encyclopedias, and poetry books.
On this day, many classrooms will have writing competitions, book award presentations, and special events with authors of children’s literature. I hope that many families will also take time to celebrate literacy in the home by reading with their children or grandchildren.
Sadly, reading is a neglected activity in many homes, especially in poorer communities. The differences in the vocabulary skills and social skills between children whose parents read to them at an early age and those whose parents don’t is mind-boggling.
Please, take a moment to click and read this information:
Reading is fundamental to success in all areas of life, yet too many children are not given the opportunity to fully develop this essential skill. Many children simply aren’t exposed to reading. This needs to change. Every child deserves the benefits that come from reading.
I am a strong supporter of the literacy program, Reach Out and Read. This initiative works with doctors, nurses, and other health care practitioners who actually prescribe reading — and give free books. In 2014, over 6-1/2 million books were distributed through the program. The children receive stories, and parents receive valuable advice on the importance of literacy skills and how to develop them.
There are many ways you can help. You can donate online to Reach Out and Read or another literacy organization. You can contribute children’s books or volunteer your time with a literacy program, helping either children or adults who are learning to read.
You can also help by commenting on this post. I’m a Reach Out and Read “Book Buddy” — a supporter who makes a regular donation to the organization each month. In honor of International Children’s Book Day, I’m pledging to increase my donation by $1.00 for each comment I receive on this post.
What to say in your comment? Why not give me the name of your favorite children’s story? Was it a fairy tale? An adventure? An animal story? If you’re like me, you still recall the magic as reading brought the stories to life.
Please comment and please share this post. At the end of April, I’ll tally up the comments and add the amount to my May donation as a special gift from “Friends of Christina Cole Romance”.
THANK YOU FOR VISITING, AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU FOR COMMENTING AND SHARING!
What was your favorite childhood tale?