Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Give The Gift Of Reading – Be The Santa!

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It’s the giving season, which means it’s the asking season. So here’s my ask: Donate a few bucks to an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and reading books for children.

They tell you: 

·         How to donate
·         Why you should help
·         How to get involved

This group is a national network with 6,400 participating sites in all 50 states, consisting of more than 34,000 medical providers who help get books into the hands of children.

Research shows that kids need to be exposed to words, reading early and often. Otherwise they risk becoming marginalized. 

Doctors don’t just heal wounds or prevent sickness; they can now discuss a child’s development holistically and encourage families to become partners in reading to their children.

Think about it. Literacy is a matter of a child’s well-being, just as much as his or her health.

You can help by giving – money, books, or your time. Volunteer to be a reader to others. Help create a literacy-rich waiting room.  Advocate for literacy-friendly policies.

According to UNICEF in 2017, literacy rates globally are slowly improving, thanks in part to the generous support and help of good folks like you.  Still, 115,000,000 youth, ages 15-24, remain illiterate and doomed to a life of lost opportunity and a lack of participation. Help stop the cycle of ignorance.

If you seek to help others, explore these groups as well:

·         Room to Read
·         Reading is Fundamental
·         National Center for Families Learning
·         Book Aid International
·         Literacy for Incarcerated Teens
·         Read Ahead
·         Everybody Wins!
·         World Literacy Foundation
·         Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
·         First Book
·         Milk and Bookies

Other things you can do include:

·         Donate books to local schools, libraries, and learning centers.
·         Volunteer your time to help local literacy organizations.
·         Encourage others to donate time, funds, or books.
·         Lobby local, state, and national government agencies to fund literacy programs, libraries, and education.

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Brian Feinblum’s insightful views, provocative opinions, and interesting ideas expressed in this terrific blog are his alone and not that of his employer or anyone else. You can – and should -- follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels much more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2019. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s Independent.  This was named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. Also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America.

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