Keep the Love of Reading Alive
My passion for reading is something I’ve carried with me my entire life. As a young toddler, I was extremely fussy. My mom said the only thing that would calm me down was when she would sit down and read me a story. I have fleeting early memories of reading Dr. Seuss and the Berenstain Bears books. By the time I was three years old, I taught myself to read – likely learning from repetition from all those books my mom read to me. As I grew older, I expanded my library. The first “novel” I ever read was Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary. I was in grade two! Then I moved on to Judy Blume books, The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High series’. I read every single day for hours at a time. It was my “thing” and something that made my heart sing. I’m 36 years old now and that hasn’t changed. Losing myself in a good book is one of the best feelings in the world.
To pick a favourite book from childhood was not an easy task! I read and loved so many. I’ve given it some thought and settled on one book that I read so many times that it started falling apart. That book is Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. I adored this book. In fact, I’d like to get another copy so I can read it again today. I still remember the feeling I got when I read it. It’s the kind of feeling that sticks to your soul and changes you for the better. You always know that you have read a good book when you get that special feeling inside you.
I’d hate to think of a world without books. Sadly, though, it’s an issue that many Canadian children today are facing because of severe underfunding of school libraries. Books were an instrumental part of my childhood and it makes my heart hurt to think that kids of today don’t have that same kind of access to a library of books that I had growing up.
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation recognizes this literary crisis and has been raising awareness about it for the past 10 years. In fact, this year is their 10th anniversary! Some of the schools the foundation supports have books that are held together by tape or staples and are, on average, over 15 years old!
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation needs your help! It won’t cost you a penny – only a minute of your time to vote for your favourite books! They plan to donate a set of the top 10 books to schools across Canada to help ignite a passion for reading in kids. Vote for your favourite book(s) and help pick the top 10 books that will go to over 200 schools in Canada. Let’s help put books back into the hands (and hearts) of children.
Voting is easy. Visit LOR10.ca and vote for your favourite books. You’ll see the books with the most votes and you can also do a search to find a book that you think should be one of the winners. Vote as many times as you like! Voting ends on February 28th.
You can also nominate a school to win $10,000 in new books or make a donation.
Right now it looks like Harry Potter is in the lead followed by Percy Jackson! Head on over to vote now for your faves and let’s help get these books into the hands of children!