I grew up with the love for books. My sister and I would spend every summer at the library, reading as much as we can. Getting lost in other worlds, putting ourselves in other people’s shoes. I was very fortunate to have access to books.
I was at the library yesterday with my 3 year old son, Nolan. Then a thought popped into my mind when I saw he knows more words than I knew and he can almost read a full book without much help from me. I was very impressed and a proud mom. Realizing this, I now know I need to read with him more and he’ll be a full reader in no time.
Then I thought about the children that don’t get time to learn to read or have the access to books at a young age. Many kids grow up having a difficult time reading. According to raisingchilden.net.au, the first 5 years in a child’s life the brain develops more faster than any other time.
Reading is essential to a child’s brain
development. We should be doing everything possible to help our children learn to read at an early age. Reading is the starting point for a child’s learning experience. They learn to read earlier, they’ll do better in school and have a better chance to succeed in life.
Now, I want to do more than just get the word out about early childhood reading. I researched a couple of nonprofits for childhood reading. I’m making a donation that will help children get the access to books. I’m urging everyone else to do the same. I’ll list a couple of nonprofits below. Donate money, books anything that can help our child and the future of their reading.
Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Reading Is Fundamental address the alarming literacy crisis in America today through strong leadership, quality content and an active engaged community. They create a needs-based content and targeted programs that align key literacy issues with proactive and measurable solutions.
Room To Read focuses on low income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. With the help of local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school.