Sunday, April 14, 2013

L: Literacy

Today our school district is celebrating Literacy Day (with a side-order of heath and multi-cultural celebrations--budget cuts make for strange bedfellows!), and I'm out soaking up the events.  But it made me think, because literacy is at the heart of everything we word-wizards do.  I mean, no literacy, no one to read our stuff, and we might as well go take a nap (well, that's not all bad).

So here's the thing: yesterday was Drop Everything and Read day, so I just want to urge every one of you to do something that makes someone more able to do just that.  Help a child read a book.  Read to your baby.  Donate to a literacy campaign.  Or go big.  Volunteer at the school.  Volunteer as an adult literacy tutor.  Donate outgrown books to a preschool near you.

And don't forget to model what you want to see.  Take an hour, drop everything, and read.



Hi, Just needed to drop back in and urge you all to pop over to Jemima Pett's blog and see her review of The Ninja Librarian--and enter the drawing to win a copy of it (or any of a bunch of other great reads).

8 comments:

  1. A very important L! I remember my mother volunteering to read at my school when I was very young, and I plan on doing the same. It's beautiful to see the eagerness of all those young minds, and to think of the worlds of adventure and wonder that await them in the pages of a book!

    Happy Blogging!
    Kaye Draper at Write Me

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    1. I also think that we have a harder battle now than when I was a kid, because they frankly have so many other options. Not only all the TV and internet, but the "organized activities" have gotten so thick on the ground.

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  2. Literacy crossed my mind today as an L subject. Great encouragement here to do something so very important. My mom used to love to read to her students and then later volunteer to be a guest reader every week for my kids' classes.

    Naps are great and all but I would rather read :D
    Perfect post for L!

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    1. I like to maintain the delicate balance between naps and reading :D

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  3. It's important to encourage kids to read however we can. I definitely set the example in my house as much as I can!

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  4. Hi Nick! I probably set the example too much, to the exclusion of unimportant things like housework. Even so, getting my boys to read books instead of the internet is a constant challenge. At least they know how.
    Rebecca

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  5. Love the reminder. My son is curled up with a book right now!

    I'm nominating you for a liebster award. For more info go here. Liebster Award
    If you to busy don't feel like you have to participate! Just know that I think you blog is wonderful.

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  6. Thank you, Sarah. Your kind words mean a lot to me, and I thank you very much for the Liebster nomination. After the A to Z, I might go ahead and do a post about it, and answer the interview questions (why not? It's fun to do those!). In any case, the nomination is a great addition to my "L" day!
    Rebecca

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