I remember well the “Reading is FUNdamental” campaign from the mid-60s (and celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year ). This nonprofit organization was one of the earliest advocates for improving children’s literacy in the United States. Some quick facts (from http://www.rif.org):
- 65% = the number of fourth-graders who can’t read at the 4th-grade level.
- 80% = the number of low-income children who are “at-risk” of falling behind in school.
- 8,000 = the number of high school students who dropout each day.
I’m certainly grateful for my literacy and cannot imagine the inability to read. Here are some of my favorite quotations on the topic of reading. Enjoy!
“The man who doesn’t read has no advantage over the man who can’t read.” (Author unknown)
“A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.” (William Styron)
“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.” (Author unknown)
“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” (Paul Sweeney)
“We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our own consciousness in someone else’s mind.” (Anna Quindlen)
“Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” (Mark Twain)
“It is better to have your nose in a book than in someone else’s business.” (Adam Stanley)