September 8th is World Literacy Day!
It was established by UNESCO at the 14th session of the General Conference on October 26th, 1966. This day is to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies (WHO, 2019).
All of us at One World Tuition love to read! It opens so many avenues for the imagination. I have traveled through the Standing Stones with Claire to Scotland, followed a young girl who became a Geisha in Japan, tracked across the desert on camelback in Australia, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and gained wisdom on love and friendship. And that barely touches the surface! Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoirs; each genre offers a chance to learn and, in a world full of chaos, books offer an escape to the reader if only for a moment.
Story telling continues to be an important means of communication for cultures around the world. People groups pass down ancient stories about family legends, challenges/successes and share lessons learned so the next generation doesn’t repeat them. Much of the Bible was passed down through the generations before being put to paper.
According to a survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017), people in the U.S. 15 years and older spent an average of 16.8 minutes a day reading (not including for work or school), this is down from 22.8 minutes in 2005.
I grew up in a home full of books, we were frequent visitors at the public library; going to story time and taking home different books every week. Our whole family loved reading and I especially remember getting new books for long care rides from Michigan to Florida in the summertime or when we would go camping. I got to enter a new world when I would break the binding of a new book for the first time.
My mother rewarded me with books for having good behaviors which not only reinforced those behaviors, but it opened my mind and helped me to grow and learn! I am where I am today because my parents instilled in me the desire to learn and provided me the tools to be successful which included lots and lots of books!
Studies show that kids who read have improved concentration, learn about the world around them, improves their vocabulary and language skills, develops the imagination and empathy, and overall to better in school. Literacy is important for develop and future success.
Reader’s Digest gives the benefits of reading: Here
I didn’t grow up with an iPad, MP3 player or cell phones. Our internet had to dial up before I could chat with friends on AIM. My biggest worry was having enough batteries in my flashlight to read at night! None of those tools are bad, it’s the amount of time we let them have during our day. Turning off the screen and opening a book may just be what the world needs! I hope to be the same resource for my children as my mom was for me; unplugging and page turning!
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“Once you learn how to read, the sky is the limit with your education.” Stefanie Harris, One World Tuition President
Here is a list of a few of our favorite books! (no particular order):
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (Non-fiction)
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon (Historical Fiction)
The Season of Angels – Perry Stone (Non-Fiction)
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba (Non-fictioni)
Love Wins - Rob Bell (Non-fiction)
In A Sunburned Country - Bill Bryson (Non-fiction)