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.
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 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.
In the six months since, her mother, Staff Sergeant Janet Atkins, 24, has been using reading and books keep the family bonds - and routines - strong.
"Through reading, parents create the foundation that will allow their children to fulfill their potential in all things in life. If their children are successful in reading, then they are going to be successful in school -- and eventually in life."
Dr. Steve Perry shares his thoughts on school readiness, the role of community involvement in education, and keys to Capital Preparatory Magnet School's success.
As a child, Byron Pitts was functionally illiterate and spoke with a stutter. Today, he is an Emmy-winning Chief National Correspondent for CBS News and Contributing Correspondent to 60 Minutes.