Friday, November 2, 2012

Read. Share. Give.

My dad used to take me to the public library when I was a kid. It seemed like we went to the library nearly every week. I just loved it, and I am so glad that my parents encouraged me to read at such an early age. Reading is one of the better habits (lol) that has stuck with me over the years.  :)

Here are some of my favorite childhood books:

I recently learned about an important effort called Read. Share. Give. designed to facilitate book sharing amongst families of young children.  Here is more information in case you would like to participate:

Early childhood educators know that developing reading readiness skills among their students is one of the most important elements to ensure the children's future reading success. There are numerous reading readiness skills that young children need to master including letter identification and letter-sound recognition. However, one of the most significant building blocks that future readers need is the desire to read.

In 2011 Knowledge Universe (KU) initiated a unique project through its KinderCareEarly Childhood subsidy, which addresses the lack of reading readiness skills among young American learners. The KinderCare book-sharing project encourages families to read to their children. This, research shows, is one of the most effective ways of preparing young learners to become competent readers.

The KinderCare program is called Read. Share. Give. The project facilitates book sharing among families of young children across the United States. Participating families log on to the KinderCare site to register for the program. Registration is free. Families read the children's book that they receive and then pass the book to a friend or other family member. The book is tracked by a tracking number. When the next family has finished with the book, they pass the book on to a third family to continue the process of sharing the book.

The Read. Share. Give. program has already shared more than 15,000 books. Each book share triggers a donation to early reading programs from KU. In addition, KU donates books to the Reach Out and Read organization which shares the KinderCare goal of increasing reading within families of young children.

KU founder Lowell Milken anticipates this program will draw more children into early educational reading. KinderCare's Director, David Roy, notes more than 34 percent of children enter kindergarten without the reading readiness skills that they need. The Read. Share. Give. project aims to address this issue by addressing the issue at ground level.

If you would like to participate in this program, please click here for more information.  


sporkgasm said...

The one thing I miss about having a Kindle is being able to pass books on.

I read all of the above books when I was young. Flowers In The Attic maybe when I was inappropriately too young for it. haha

Annabelle Archer said...

This is awesome. I read almost all of those too.

Judy Blume taught me all about sex. VC Andrews taught me all about dysfunctional sex. Good times.

What a great project! I have refused the life of the e-reader because I so love getting and passing along books. No amount of convenience will change that.

Dancing Branflake said...

This is so awesome you're doing this.

BTW, you are sooo Ramona.

PPS... VC Andrews is messed up.

Little Rus said...

I am glad we always had books around and I learnt to read when I was 4... it opens a whole new world. I also lived in a library until I was 22, though school and university and our own one was pretty fabulous, too (got to thank my mum for that!)
So I find it really sad that so many people need campaigns and initiatives in order to get interested in reading books...

Thank you for sharing the list of your favourite reads - always enjoy reading about other peoples experiences.


Kathy said...

SVH!! i LOVED those books and stayed at the library for hours inhaling them. i'm an avid reader and i'm glad that my 4YO loves stories and books as much as i do.

i also loved the book Courdory, all of the beverly cleary books and judy blume books esp SuperFudge and Are you There God, it's me, Margaret

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

This is awesome! We had a SVH board game that we used to play all the time when I was little. Oh, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was always a favorite of mine. Also, Shel Silverstein. I can remember soooo many awesome books that my mom used to read to me. I need to make a list of them now...

Much Love,

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

This is awesome! We had a SVH board game that we used to play all the time when I was little. Oh, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was always a favorite of mine. Also, Shel Silverstein. I can remember soooo many awesome books that my mom used to read to me. I need to make a list of them now...

Much Love,

Claire Kiefer said...

What a cool concept for families. And I hope that parents take their kids to the library for generations to come, despite the surge of e-readers and all things computer-based.

I could not get enough Ramona as a kid. Or Babysitters' Club. And my how I loved Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing and Superfudge. ;)

Kristine said...

That VC Andrews. Man. I remember reading that in grade six with my best friend and it was sooo messed up but I couldn't get enough of it. Loved Judy Blume but hated Are You There God it's me Margaret. Even as a kid I knew it was stupid to wish for your period.

cerebral e said...

I used to be one of those kids that walked around with a book in my hand while I was pouring mild or eating with the other hand, or pretending I was constipated so I could sit in the toilet and keep reading past my bedtime.

Sounds like a great cause. I recognise quite a few from your list (I read a lot of American and English books so now I can speak both or your languages).

Teehee I know why you like VC Andrews and Forever! I preferred Heaven and Dark Angel, myself.

cerebral e said...

Hmm, I speak English but clearly I make quite a few typing errors. I'm sure you can figure out what I meant to say!

Kitty Stampede said...

Yay!!! I have read a lot of the same books. I was such a huge bookworm when I was a kid. I was quiet, shy and would rather have a book than be socializing.

Something that is kind of mom used to bring us to the library a lot and we would get oodles of books and there was once this promotion from KFC, it was for every 7 books you take out, you get a free snackwich...well, we TOTALLY took advantage of that deal...we would go for snackwiches after the library..hahaha. We would make sure we each got one+, so would leave the library with way more books than we could read in the rental time frame...hahaha. oh geez.

Kathryn said...

I loved books as a kid. My favorite book as a child, "Little Black Sambo" was banned/put out of print for being racist. As a kid growing up, he was just a whimsical story of a clever boy in an exotic place that outwitted a tiger. I still like to read when I have time.

I could never get my son to sit still long enough to read a book to him as he has always been one that doesn't like being still, so to I would encourage him to read signs when driving in the car and sent him to preschool for two years and the peer pressure of having to sit still and learn did help prepare him better for school.

SabinePsynopsis said...

Great project! Books are the best, cheapest, easiest and most intelligent way of travelling/escaping/learning... There is no end to my love for the written word (and I made sure to pass it on to Sarah, yes!).

fabulousjunk said...

I too am in love with reading.. which my mom always took me to the library when I was younger and I am so thankful for that because now I am bookworm and spend my Friday nights curled up on the couch with a good book :)
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