The challenge is to create a post celebrating the reading child and to link to the Reading is Fundamental webpage.
Suggestions for content:
- post a picture or video of a child or children reading or being read to
- post a picture or video of yourself reading as a child or reading to children
- spend 20 minutes reading to or being read to by a child age 0-15 and post about it
- interview a child about the meaning of reading to them and post the interview in text, audio or video
- relate memories about the meaning of reading in your childhood (text, audio or video)
- post a thank you message to RIF for their efforts on behalf of child literacy (text, audio or video)
- post a thank you message to any adult(s) responsible for turning you on to reading as a child (text, audio or video)
- visit the RIF site and report on one or more of their programs or activities, linking to the page(s) discussing it.
- post about a personal encounter (if any) with RIF–did one of their free books impact your childhood? did you participate as either child or adult in one of their sponsored activities?
I really wanted to include a picture from my childhood, but alas, I don’t have a copy of the picture I’m thinking of here, and it would take too long to convince my parents to scan it for me today. The picture is of me at about 3 years old (or less), sitting on the floor in front of a bookshelf full of books, reading an adult book about etiquette and smiling at the camera.
Instead, I’m going to share a brief story from a few weeks ago.
At a friend’s house for book club, somehow it came up that Zaid hadn’t ever read Dr. Seuss before. This actually isn’t as strange as it sounds, because he grew up in Jordan and Dubai, where Dr. Seuss isn’t anywhere near the cultural icon that it is here in Canada or in the United States. It also came up that Nico had a copy of Green Eggs and Ham kicking around, which was one of my favourites when I was a kid. My oma used to read Dr. Seuss books to my younger siblings and I, which was fun, because we really loved hearing her German-accented voice and spending time with her. Anyways, Zaid ended up reading it – out loud! It was fun, and very reminiscent of childhood.
We’ll definitely be reading it to our kids. Reading is fundamental!