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Sept. 8th ~ International Literacy Day

In fact, it’s the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day! international literacy day

Here’s some data…

“The world has changed since 1966 – but our determination to provide every woman and man with the skills, capacities and opportunities to become everything they wish, in dignity and respect, remains as firm as ever. Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.”
~~~  UNESCO Director-General   

World Literacy Foundation

International Literacy Association

And, here are 17 articles on literacy

List of countries by literacy rate

Map of World Literacy

The 10 Most Literate Countries in the World

The 10 Countries with the Lowest Literacy Rates
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Some of the “Best” Books of 2015

WorldReader I got an email the other day from WorldReader—“…on a mission to bring digital books to every child and her family, so that they can improve their lives.”

The email directed me to their article, Top Books Read in 2015, from which I’ll share a few excerpts, in the hope of encouraging you to read the whole article:

“Access is the initial hurdle when building a literate world, so books need to be easily accessible, especially in places where they have historically been sparse. Thanks to Worldreader, readers anywhere in the world can access a library of over 28,000 free books in dozens of languages.”

“The top 5 books read by men and women across Africa and Asia are near mirrors of each other. Both lists are populated with Romance titles…and sexual health guides... Considering societal constraints, such as ideas about what men should read and what material is considered not feminine, it’s interesting to see men’s and women’s taste as similar until you consider this: reading on a mobile phone offers a private reading environment a print book cannot afford.”

Do, please, read the full article…

Next to consider are a few books from Livia Blackburne, Neuroscientist and Author, from her blog, A Brain Scientist’s Take on WritingMy Favorite Reads from 2015.

I’ll list the books but urge you to read what she says about them by visiting the full article:


Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick


To Say Nothing of the Dog (Oxford Time Travel #2) by Connie Willis

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork

The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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Reading Out Loud . . .

What are you doing on March 6th, 2013?

It’s a Wednesday

Are you an author, or a reader, or a publisher, or a teacher, or just an ordinary kind of person?

Ever read a book aloud—to other people?

Ever thought reading aloud to others can be a form of aiding literacy??

I have two other posts on this blog that deal with literacy:

E-Readers Can Be A Saving Grace . . .

It’s Simple. They’re Gone Reading :-)

Ever heard of LitWorld?

Their slogan is “Words Changing Worlds“.

O.K., back to March 6th

Oh!  First, a fact and a good thought from LitWorld:

“Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate.”

Imagine a world where everyone can read…”


An Announcement:

World Read Aloud Day: March 6, 2013

And, You Can Help!

From LitWorld’s Site:

“World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.

“By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.

It’s time to join the Global Literacy Movement

“Accomplished so far:
• Reached 35 countries and 40,000 participants on March 3, 2010
• Reached 60 countries and all 50 states and 200,000 participants on March 9, 2011
• Reached 65 countries and hundreds of thousands of participants on March 7, 2012″

Don’t think you can help?

Are you able to do any of the following?

I will celebrate independently (spreading the word, hosting an event, as a guest reader, with my friends or family, etc.)

I will celebrate with my school (as a teacher, student, administrator, author, librarian, etc.)

I represent an organization that is interested in partnering with LitWorld for World Read Aloud Day 2013

Head on over to LitWorld’s Sign-Up Page (even if all you can do is tell one other person) and let them know you care

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