As a child, I loved to read. So much so that my parents had to institute a rule that I was not allowed to read before school, or I would be late. So I’m a huge advocate of childhood reading.
But not everyone has books in their home like I did. I’ll never forget the response I got when I asked one of the students I was working with what books she read at home.
“I don’t have books at home, Miss Cafeaulait. Books are for school.”
Books are for school. This attitude limits the options available to my doe-eyed, mischievous student. That’s why I’m a huge advocate of Random Acts of Literacy, a plan to give books to children on public transportation, and in parks and schools.
For the story that inspired this post, go to: http://thenotebook.org/blog/114260/sharing-joy-reading-during-daily-commute
For more information on the project, or to help out, go to http://www.randomactsofliteracy.org/index.html
- Literacy: a fundamental life-skill (unicef.org.au)
- Overcoming negative attitudes to reading using football, speedway and journalism (guardian.co.uk)
- Celebrate Literacy Month (theidealisticeducator.wordpress.com)
- Children ‘embarrassed to read’ is an issue that should worry us all (telegraph.co.uk)
- Make National Family Literacy Day fun! (achieveguilford.org)
- Taking the A Train – One Parent’s Journey to Increasing Literacy (skypingreadingtutor.com)
- Recommendations for Future Learning (cln650.wordpress.com)