Wednesday, September 8, 2010

International Literacy Day: Bloggers Unite to promote worldwide literacy

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; 
they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, 
and the most patient of teachers. -Charles W. Eliot

Today is International Literacy Day, a day to raise awareness about the 796 million adults who cannot read. First celebrated in 1966 by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Literacy Day focuses attention on all the men, women and children who lack basic literacy skills.

Over 770 bloggers, including myself, have joined together to share this event with all of you. It is my belief that when we start by educating the world's children, literacy rates will steadily rise. These young children will become literate adults who can then teach their children to read, no matter where they are in the world. Communities will thrive in education and the wisdom gained can spread from one village to the next and then beyond to each country and continent.

Here are eight ways to promote literacy in children (and they can work for adults too). Click on the links for further information.

1. Nurture reading in young children.

2. Read aloud to a child.

3. Understand how children learn to read.

4. Fall in love with children's books.

5. Motivate a reluctant reader.

6. Learn about the literacy crisis.

7. Know the global illiteracy rates.

8. Organize a book drive.

One hundred years from now, 
It will not matter what kind of car I drove, 
What kind of house I lived in,
Or how much money I had in the bank, 
But the world may be a better place 
because I made a difference in a child's life. 
- Anonymous

For more information about International Literacy Day, visit Bloggers Unite and UNESCO.


  1. One of the things I've done before is seek out a book I read when I was young and purchase a used copy on the Internet. But I think you are right. It's not enough to encourage children to read. We as adults need to invest time and money in staying acquainted with literature for children and young adults. We learn from it too. Plus, it's fun stuff to read at any age.

  2. I love when I find one of my favorite childhood books at a library book sale or antique shop. When someone has enthusiasm about a book he/she is reading aloud to children, those kids will be more likely to learn and continue on the reading process. You are right, it is fun to read children's literature. There have been many times when I've sat quietly, reading a children's book to myself. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!