Reach Out and Read
"If we wait until kids are in school, it's too late."
Reading builds motivation, curiosity and memory. It nurtures children and encourages them to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.
Read to your children every day, beginning at birth. If you do, there's a strong chance they'll become good readers and in turn, develop a love of reading that will carry them through school, work, and beyond.
Although the show went off the air in 2009, Reading Rainbow lives on -- in digital form. In June, Burton launched the Reading Rainbow app through Apple. The interactive app brings high-quality books, videos, and animation to children in a format that mimics the classic television show.
I recently had the chance to chat with first lady Daniels about her favorite books, her thoughts on the importance of reading rituals, and how she's helping to ensure that the children of Indiana grow up as successful readers.
I was honored to recently have the chance to chat with Walter Dean Myers about his position as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, his own background, and his dreams for our nation's children.
Melissa Harris-Perry is a brilliant political science professor at Tulane University, dynamic commentator, and national advocate for social justice and education equity.
"What you realize -- and this is the thing about kids -- is that you can read the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and they still love it. It gives you lifelong connections that you can't even begin to imagine."
As the founder of two nonprofits and the CEO of a third, I've thought long and hard about how we, as a community, can make this year different than the past few.
During this holiday season, as we give to family and friends, we must not forget children who are growing up in poverty, the homeless, and others who may not have the resources they need.