Every child’s inalienable right

July 19, 2016

If only I could— I would ask that every child who comes into the world be granted their personal fairy godmother who will make sure children have loving parents and caregivers read to them. Simply stated, it should be every child’s inalienable right, but all too often the reality is something different. The nurturing and love that is transmitted when parents read to their children is not something you can put a price tag on and those who have that experience know what I am speaking about.

A recent finding from Read To Grow, an organization dedicated to building literacy from birth, shows that reading difficult is linked to later trouble with the law. The following statistics tell a chilling story.

57% of incarcerated youth ages 16-24 had only rudimentary reading skills

56% of the adult prison populating had only rudimentary reading skills

“The literature shows a clear correlation between a grade-level reading problem and, later on, incarceration in the juvenile justice system,” said Ralph Smith, managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national collaboration of foundations, nonprofits, business leaders, and communities focusing on school success for children in low-income families.

http://readtogrow.org/ to learn more

Give your children a solid launch—grounded in safety and love—into the world

July 17, 2016

No matter how old or young your children are, I hope they never outgrow the desire and need to be read to. They will leave the world of a safe and loving childhood, but the experiencing of being read to is a felt memory that will anchor them in life. When they have children of […]


Conversations build a child’s brain

July 10, 2016

A child’s brain is built word by word. We have the data that supports the importance of early childhood education for future success in and out of school. We also have the economics behind the benefits of early education because less money is later spent on juvenile courts, prisons, health care and welfare says James […]


Reading a book to a child sends them a love letter that will last forever.

June 26, 2016

How many love letters have you received in your life? Have you saved them? No grown up ever forgets the love they felt when they were read to as a child. The intimacy that lives inside a shared reading experience is not something one forgets. Recalling childhood reading and their impact is to saunter down […]


The gift of summer

June 19, 2016

The first day of summer conjures up memories as well as anticipation for those long and lazy days of summer. Unfortunately, and to a child’s detriment, the idea of unstructured time is not something they have much experience with. Think of what our world would be like without time to just Be in the moment.Those […]


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