“There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy
Reading is fundamental. In fact, it is one of the most important ingredients to becoming all that you can be.
Reading develops your brain, provides a window into the world around you and helps you do better in all school subjects.
Most importantly, reading can not only help you become a better student, but a better person.
As important as reading is did you know that:
- 800 million people around the world cannot read or write
- Many families (and some schools) have no books for children to read
There are likely many children and people in your town or city that fall into this group. If you are already a strong reader, helping others to read is an amazing gift that you can give!!
Here are some stories that show the importance of reading and education:
- Ben Carson – From Troubled Youth to Inspirational Success
- Michelle Obama – Words of Wisdom for a Hopeful Tomorrow
- Samantha Garvey – From Homelessness to High Honor
- Jaime Escalante – He Touch Unteachable Students to Shine
- Not all children are provided with an equal chance to read. If you are fortunate to be a good reader, you can try to help other children in need. Hold a fundraiser or raise money for a charity like Reading is Fundamental, Booktober or FirstBook
- Volunteer to read to younger students in your school or donate your old books to a local charity, preschool, library or hospital
- Think about what you can do to improve your own reading? Consider using this worksheet to set some goals for yourself
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.