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All About Reading . . .

I write about Reading, Writing, and Publishing.

Thankful for Reading

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I’ve tried to cover all three equally in the past 4 and 1/2 years.

There are now over 1,160 posts on this blog and I encourage you to scroll down in the left side-bar to the Top Tags widget—pick a topic and enjoy :-)

Today (as I await the close encounter with Pluto…) I want to share six links to articles about Reading.

First, from the National Journal, an article about retired professionals giving their time in service—Passing on a Love of Reading to the Young.

Next, from Medical Daily, an article about reading as healing—The ‘Magic’ of Reading Intervention in Autism: Kids See Improvement in Brain Activity After Reading Course.

Now, from The Journal Gazette, the story of a group of volunteers who read magazines, local and area newspapers, television listings, grocery store ads, children’s books and short stories on the radio—Reading for The Unable.

And, two articles about reading aloud:

from The Wall Street JournalThe Great Gift of Reading Aloud.

from The Salt Lake TribuneA Love Song to the Pleasures of Reading Aloud: Memories of Sharing Books with Children.

Last, from the Huffington PostRaising Kids Who Love Reading, Devour Books Voraciously, and Practically Beg for a Trip to the Library.

I leave you (and go back to the anticipation of the Pluto close encounter) with a few quotes about Reading:

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”


“I never feel lonely if I’ve got a book – they’re like old friends. Even if you’re not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. And they’re part of your history. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life.”


“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”


“A wild and crazy weekend involves sitting on the front porch, smoking a cigar, reading a book.”

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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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When’s The Last Time Someone Read You A Story?

Remember the joy of being read to?

Was your last time when you were a child? Has anyone read to you in your adulthood?

Ever been to an author reading?

I remember, when I was in my 50s, having someone read Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy to me—pure joy! :-)

I found a post by Kimberly Mayer called The Power of Story in which she says:

“The long lost art of readings, where writings are offered as gifts. I come away from each one knowing I am holding and have been entrusted with an enormous bouquet. Readings reintroduce each one of us to the primal importance of story. At a reading we are in that heaven again and wonder why it ever stopped?”

I guess I’m lucky my friend read Douglas Adams’ story to me.

I know I appreciate the author readings I facilitate on Book Island in the virtual world Second Life.

We gather at the Book Island Library at 1pm US Pacific Time for our Open Mic; folks from many countries—each represented by our avatars (the particular figure you adopt to represent you in a virtual world—some folks go for fidelity to their Real Life selves, some are far more creative).

There’s the lady from Wales with the intriguing voice and her often dark stories

There’s the man from Maryland who reads his MicroFiction (short, short, short stories)

There’s the avatar, Car Johnson, representing the main character from Rebekah Webb’s book

Plus, we never know when someone new will show up, reading portions from published stories or works in progress

What is the Magic of Story?

How does it’s texture change from when reading to ourselves to being read to?

What does it feel like inside when you’ve read to a child?

Have you ever read to an adult?

Have you ever had a story read to you as an adult?

Does it makes sense that some of the Power of Story comes from our Unconscious—from the race memories of our ancestors, long before folks put their stories down on rock or paper?
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