I wrote this in our copy of Dr. Seuss’s Fox in Socks book back in 2007:
My wonderful Mallory –
You just turned 17 months old, and last week I read you this book for the very first time. Today, at the book store, I let you wander through the kids’ section. To my shock & delight, you walked up to me holding the store’s copy of this book and exclaimed “fox!” as clear as anything.
How you could possibly have remembered that word and recognized this book on the shelf is mind boggling to me. But now I see clearly that you are going to continue to be a joy and amazement to me!
It is said that reading is the key to success. It’s also said that there is a strong connection between low-literacy and poverty, reliance on public assistance programs, underemployment and incarceration.
Thankfully, illiteracy and low-literacy are 100% preventable, and you and I are able to combat it within our own homes and also within our community.
I felt pretty sentimental boxing up our old books to donate to Words Alive today. There were many I couldn’t part with – – the ones we read over and over, night after night together like Good Night, Gorilla, Whopper Cake, The Winter Visitors, Dragons Love Tacos, If My Dad Were a Dog, Wacky Wednesday and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
But I did give away many special, beautiful books that I know can help inspire a love of reading like they did for my kids. And it was a joy to watch moms and kids visit the Words Alive table and walk away with books donated by our family and many others. Words Alive is a non-profit reading advocacy organization that gives away books, leads read-aloud programs and promotes family literacy.
If you have children’s books that you are ready to pass on to another family, I hope that you’ll consider donating to Words Alive. You just might help make another child a stronger reader and better student!
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