Letter to the editor – Reading is important

61% of low-income families have NO books in their home, not one single book. There is only 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children in low income neighborhoods compared to 13 books per child in middle-income neighborhoods. Studies by UNICEF show that 1 child in 4 in the USA grows up not knowing how to read well enough to be successful in school and in life. READING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT SUBJECT IN SCHOOL!!!

How can you work a word problem in math if you either can’t read the words or don’t understand them? How can you answer the question in science and social studies if you can’t read and understand the textbook? Research shows that the student who reads the most also read the best, achieves the most and stays in school the longest. February 14 is International Book Giving Day. A great way to celebrate is to give the gift of literacy. Leave a book in a waiting room for a child to read, give age appropriate books to your local Pre K and Head Start centers specifying that books are to go home with the children, donate a book to your local library in honor of a child’s birth, or donate books to your favorite charity.

Imagine if you couldn’t read your Bible, the newspaper or a job application. You could make a difference in the life of a child by simply giving them a book.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. – Dr. Seuss


Kathrine Crowder