Wednesday, September 7, 2011

International Reading Day

September 8 is the United Nations' International Literacy Day. It is a global observance that focuses attention on literacy needs worldwide.  Did you know that more than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write? Or that between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education?

If you cannot participate in a literacy event in your community to observe the day, spend some time talking with your preschooler about the importance of reading. Better yet, spend some extra time reading together.


  1. Thanks for the heads up and the statistics. I plan to share this number of adult non-readers in the world with my three children tomorrow. We'll talk about what a person would miss if that person couldn't read.

  2. That is a great idea, Michelle.Thanks for letting me know!

  3. Oh my goodness! Reading is paramount in the success of your child. It has helped all 3 of mine developmentally! Thanks for promoting this easy but forgotten task.


What I think . . .

There are all kinds of readers. Some—like my daughter and me—are never without a book to read for pleasure. Others—like my son—are careful, analytical, and curious readers who read primarily to seek information from the page.

No matter what kind of reader your child becomes, you can help him or her get started. After all, you are your child’s first teacher. And, best of all, you can have some fun in the process.

Please feel free to share your own ideas. Tell me about ways you've enjoyed reading with your child.

Madeline Boskey, Ph.D.