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Reading does matter. Studies show that children who are read to at a young age will have a love of reading later in life. Three in five inmates in U.S. prisons are illiterate, and 44 million adults in the U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child. If only they'd been read to when they were younger! My mom has always encouraged me to have a love of reading, and she taught me to read at a young age. But what about children whose parents can't read very well or don't know English? Reading can influence your future career, too. Approximately 50 percent of the nation's unemployed youth ages 16-21 are nearly or completely illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.
It's important to read to young children, too. You may think reading to a baby or toddler is boring or ludicrous, but.....
Here's a list of good reads I've blogged on:
Freedom's Crossing -historical fiction
Beware, Princess Elizabeth-historical fiction
Hitty, her first hundred years-historical fiction
Gail Carson Levine's books fantasy
The Hidden Gold-historical fiction/mystery
The Invention of Hugo Cabret-historical fiction/mystery
Blue Jasmine-modern times/social issues
Soul Surfer-modern times/social issues
And many more! Just click the label "books" (at the top of my blog)and scroll through!