I learned this early on while reading fiction and nonfiction books as a child. Opening a book allowed me to step into other worlds and see things from other perspectives, as well as learn new things about the world I lived within. I read everything I could get my hands on. From flyleaf to flyleaf, no page in a book was left unread. I still try to read as much as I can, but lately the books I read the most are ones with repetitive titles featuring colors and animals, such as "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" or "Llama Llama Red Pajama."
|Yes, that is a copy of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" Don't worry, we have 2 more copies.|
I got the idea after attending my first meeting of the Northwest Arkansas Bloggers last month. It just so happened that at this meeting the group launched #NWARKCares, an initiative to bring awareness to causes right where we live using our collective voices on our blogs and social media. For the first month, our mission was to shine a light on literacy. I was so excited that I got busy going through all of our books right away and brought them to the Little Free Library of a fellow Northwest Arkansas blogger I met at the meeting. I had learned from her that children's books were what the libraries needed the most. Looking at the date that these particular photos were taken, I see that I did all of this before September 3, and yet I'm just now getting to this post. At least it's still September!
|"The Legend of the Bluebonnet" and the only non-children's book we brought, "Dreaming Cows"|
|Some of the Imagination Library books we've collected so far.|
- Volunteering with the Ozark Literacy Council. You can tutor, be an ESL conversation partner, stuff envelopes or help with event planning.
- Donate to a Little Free Library. Right now, if you buy the Little Free Library book for $25, you will get $150 worth of brand new books!
- Volunteer at your local library. For someone that loves reading, this won't even feel like work!
- Read to a child. Yep, it's really as simple as that.