Back to School, for parents and children

September 4, 2017

The beginning of a new school year is full of opportunities and heralds a parent’s high expectations for their children’s academic success and well-being.

Eleanor Roosevelt said that if she could be a fairy godmother, she would endow the gift of curiosity to every child at birth. Curiosity is what drives learning and without it, life becomes very dull indeed.

It is a known fact of the importance for every child to have high literacy skills, to ensure their success in life, in and out of school. Today we know so much more about how reading affects and influences who we become.

Do you know—
Literary readers are more than twice as likely as nonreaders to vote, to volunteer, and to be active participants of the communities in which they live.

They are more likely to be healthy, to be hired, to create art, and to achieve both academic and economic success.

Reading encourages and develops empathy and emotional sophistication, logical thinking, clear expression of ideas, and the ability to comprehend complex and opposing thought systems.

Reading opens minds and changes lives.

Do you also know—
Studies show that literary reading is in trouble: more than half of Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-four no longer read for pleasure, and less than one-third of thirteen-year-olds are daily readers of any book at all.

The best insurance for children to become lifelong readers is when they find pleasure in reading. The first and necessary step in building pleasure in reading is for children to be read to—children become readers on the laps of their parents. Children who see their parents reading are far more likely to be readers than children who are told they must read 15 minutes every day.

What to bring to the new school year?
An abundance of curiosity
An open mind
A spirit of wonder and adventure
A sense of humor

Every book needs a reader…

August 8, 2017

Books on a shelf are lifeless. It is the reader who breathes life into a book and brings the story to life. A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies and the man who never reads lives only one. But maybe even more important, when I think back to the books I read as […]


What makes reading extraordinary?

April 30, 2017

I am always on the lookout for an insight into what makes fiction such an extraordinary medium —Frank Bruni recently wrote “Great fiction is the bridge to insufficiently understood lives, our compasses to inadequately learned truth.”


A poem that celebrates the virtues of not arriving

April 23, 2017

Ithaca by Cavafy is named after the most famous destination in world literature. The poem speaks of a life’s journey’s whose virtue is not in arriving at a destination, but in the journey toward. It was Mark Twain who said, Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do […]


Interview with Diane in “The Standard”, Hong Kong’s biggst circulation English daily newspaper

April 8, 2017

BMAB is the leading advocate for family literacy in Hong Kong and I consider it an honor to be part of their work. I began working in Hong Kong in 1997 and the changes I have seen are tremendous. These changes have not just happened. It takes the hard work of so many dedicated volunteers […]


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