Sunday, March 9, 2014

March is Reading Month

Late breaking news here, March is Reading Month; not sure if you guys were in on that tidbit of notable information, but I just happened across it the other day. I love to read as you guys are surely aware, so any opportunity to read for a good cause or promote reading is one I never pass up. I love sinking into a great book and getting lost in its pages for however long it takes me to plow through it. Reading offers a unique kind of magic that allows you to be transported to different worlds where you can live countless different lives, be it as villain or hero. A smarter person than me, George R.R. Martin, the best-selling author of Game of Thrones, said it best “a reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

The goal of the national March is Reading Month program is to promote reading, push literacy skills, and inform children and adults alike about the power and importance of reading, as well as the fun and adventure accessible to them if they just crack open a book and let its words work their magic. For parents, the power to help shape a reader and inspire a life-long love of books is in their hands. Entice your child to read by making it a warm and loving experience; snuggle in a warm cozy chair or camp out on a living room rug and read a story aloud to your little one. Help them to associate books and reading with the joy of time shared together and with feelings of safety and love. Each book will become a treasured memory for more reasons than one.

Why not let reading light a fire inside of you and awaken a new thirst for knowledge or adventure? Let a book open your eyes to injustice, educate you on love and deter you from hatred, and by letting you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes help you gain a new level of compassion and understanding. In short, let a book change your life so you can face each new chapter of it bravely.

I’ll close with the wise words of Dr. Seuss:
“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book.”