Welcome to Day #9 of Bloggers Read Across the Globe (BRAG) — Promoting Children’s Reading and Literacy
Children’s Literacy Headline: “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right… Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.” By Kofi Annan (Ghanaian diplomat, seventh secretary-general of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize)
I love this quote by Kofi Annan. It’s a powerful message about literacy. It’s the reason for BRAG — doing what I can to raise awareness about children and reading.
Who’s helping BRAG raise awareness today? Donalisa Helsley at Wild About Reading. What a perfect match!
“Wild About Reading’s mission,” Donalisa writes on her blog, “is to encourage a love of reading in our children and re-ignite the love in you. This is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. So turn off the television and read to your children. Reading and being read to will help develop language and listening skills. Reading will also develop their imagination!”
Donalisa is a Mom’s Choice award winning children’s author for her children’s book, “The Day No One Played Together: A Story About Compromise.” Donalisa lives in Oklahoma with her husband, David, her daughters, Jadyn and Genesis and their miniature schnauzer, Shadow. She is Wild About Reading. Donalisa has written many stories since she was a child. She is a social worker and has worked with children for over 12 years. Donalisa is finishing her Masters in Social Work so that she can be a therapist for children and adolescents.
Now here’s another perfect match — the LitWorld project — using the power of story to cultivate literacy skills in the world’s most vulnerable children. So, for Donalisa’s blog, I’ve written an article about . . . READING! Please head on over to Wild About Reading to learn about a special reading discussion activity.
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