I was browsing the internet the other day and came across this poll that has recently been released regarding reading in America. You can check out the article at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20381678/ if you care to read the full piece.
When I initially read the article, I was shocked and appalled. Being an avid reader myself, I couldn't believe this statistic. On average, Americans are only reading 4 books a year . . . a year! That is approximately one book every three months! I could not believe this!
Other items I found that interested me . . . Democrats and liberals tended to read more than Republicans and conservatives AND women were the most diversified in their reading. Wow!
In a country that is constantly urging our young ones to read, one question comes to my mind . . . Are we modeling this behavior that we are urging our children to adopt or are we not practicing what we preach? Reading has so many benefits -- for me, I believe that it provides me a way to relax and escape the stresses of my life, it has expanded my views and creativity in life, and it has taught me some valuable lessons!
For all of you who read my blog, I urge you to think about what reading means to you. My guess is that you are not one of the people discussed in the article that is reading only 4 books a year; however, I still think that we can make a difference together for those that are. Read to your children and let your child see you reading for enjoyment. Turn off that TV and jump into a good book. We don't have to rely on the great Harry Potter to get kids into reading again . . . we can spark enthusiasm ourselves just by showing and sharing our own excitement for books with others we know! We can't change the world overnight, but we can light the fire that brings about the change in the future. I plead with you to not let this great pastime become a time of the past!