So, I made a commitment to write a blog post every Wednesday. And, guess what? It’s Wednesday. Guess what else? A blank screen and flashing cursor have been mocking me for the last fifteen minutes.
Ok, that’s not entirely true. They’ve been mocking me for at least thirty minutes. Giant sigh . . . followed by even bigger eye roll. I wanted to write something funny like this hilarious post from humor writer and blogger Wendi Aarons. But I got nothing . . . not a laugh, not a chuckle, not even a tiny little smirk, nothin’.
So, what is a girl to do when she wants to write something funny, but she’s got nothing? Apparently, you Google something really depressing. Cause that’s what I did.
I logged on to the interwebs and typed in, “How many children don’t have access to books?” (In my defense, reading and literacy are very important to me.)
A 2015 article from HuffPost popped up first and I clicked it to learn: “A 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress test found that 65 percent of fourth graders read at “below proficient” level. According to the nonprofit Reading is Fundamental, one of the best ways to develop children’s literacy is to encourage kids to read at home. The problem? Two-thirds of children living in poverty in the U.S. have no books at home.”
With all the issues we are facing today, I thought, getting books in the hands of kids should be one of the easier problems to tackle, right?
The average price in the U.S. for a children’s mass-market paperback is less than $7.00. I spend nearly that much on my latte (hey, I’m a vegan and that soy milk upcharge will get ya every time). And, who among us doesn’t have a previously loved children’s book floating around the house. I myself have a shelf-full of Little Golden Books from my childhood, most in excellent condition (I was a quiet only child). I originally kept them to entertain friends’ children when they visited. But, guess what? Yep, all those kids are all grown up now.
It is time for me to figure out where to send the books.
The HuffPost article lists “ten awesome book charities that help kids all over the world” – so that is where I’m going to start. I encourage you to check it out as well. Keep in mind that this article was posted in 2015, so we’ll all have to verify the charities are still around and active.
Will you make a commitment with me to help both kids and underfunded school districts get the books they need?
Huh, turns out not being funny can lead to good things.