This week we are celebrating reading at Winans with our "I LOVE to READ WEEK". I myself can't help but think about all the amazing books that have taught me and changed me over the years. I would not be the same person I am without Charlotte's Web, Little Women, The Giving Tree, and so many more...
As a lifelong learner, I am also a veracious reader and can't imagine my life without books. That is why so much of my life has been dedicated to ending illiteracy. My work with non-profits in getting books to babies and books to children who live in socially economic disadvantage homes and have little access to books, building a library in Ecuador, building little free libraries, my doctoral research around using closed captioning on TV to help children read, developing summer reading programs... it is a passion of mine to end illiteracy. More than that, it is a goal of mine to create a world of readers, because when we can read our possibilities are limitless.
Why do we read?
This is a question I also asked my classroom full of students and a question I love to ask whenever I begin professional development with teachers, and now I ask you?
Why do you read?
Many people read to learn, to laugh, to calm, to escape, to take another perspective, to open their mind to new possibilities... there are so many reasons!
Sometimes we read just to share in the experience with ones we love most. Currently, our family is reading a "Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle. Our family tries to read books together that are appropriate and soon to be motion pictures (which this one comes out this weekend). My son read it, my daughter read it, and now I am reading it and they can't wait for the movie. They also can't wait until I finish it so we can discuss and I love that.
The Appreciation by Anna Quindlen at the beginning of the book is just too good to not share and may also get you all thinking about reading this book before the movie comes out. I will put a few paragraphs here:
The most memorable books from our childhoods are those that make us feel less alone, convince us that our own foibles and quirks are both as individual as a fingerprint and as universal as an open hand. That's why I still have a Wrinkle in Time that was given to me when I was twelve years old. It long ago lost its dust jacket, the fabric binding is loose and water-stained, and the soft and loopy signature on its inside cover bears little resemblance to the way I sign my name today. The girl who first owned it has grown up and changed, but the book she loved, though battered, is still magical.
Anna Quindlen goes on to talk about how the main character Meg reminds her of herself and how by reading this story of strength and perseverance, she too believed she could be strong and persevere.
Books have this power! It is quite incredible.
I am grateful today for books. I am grateful today for this time with my children. I am so grateful today we can read together. I know it is just a "wrinkle in time" that I have left to share these moments with my children as they are growing so fast.
I hope you too, take the time to read fabulous books with your children while you can in this little "wrinkle in time" where we can be our children's first and most important teachers.
Happy "I LOVE TO READ WEEK"!