Many children around the world never get the chance to learn to read or write. They don’t know the joy of reading, the knowledge and power that it brings.
As an avid reader, I encourage my daughters to read every night at bed time, to embrace the opportunity to learn, to let their imaginations run free in the pages of fiction. So when I saw my daughter reading a book on the sofa one morning, I felt a warm tide of pride wash over me. She had chosen to pick up a book unprompted, outside of her usual nightly reading time. That’s my girl, I gushed to myself like a dog who just gave birth to a litter of twelve. But when I walked towards my child my pride seeped through the floor. She had a pair of scissors in her hand!
September 8 is International Literacy Day, so give a child a book to read. Make them appreciate the gift of literacy that many children will never enjoy. Just make sure there aren’t any stray scissors nearby.