November 14th Young Readers Day

Nov 14 Young Readers Day

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Always the second Tuesday in November. This day was founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. I guess this has something to do with being able to read their menu at Pizza Hut!

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It is a fact that young readers will grow up to be better adults. They will know more, understand more and be able to cope with change better than those who do not. We all want a better life for our children than we have had of our own and the best way to insure this is to make sure they spend time reading.

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How to celebrate – Start your youngest children off by reading to them, it will help support their own reading as they grow older. Discuss the books your children are reading with them, they love to show off what they have learned. Keep a library of books your children have read so they have a visual reference to their accomplishment.

 

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November 4th National Book Lover’s Day

Now before you get too confused, there are two Book Lovers Days in the year. August 9th is probably recognized a little more than the first Saturday in November but as they say, you can never get too much of a good thing. Books are the best way to pass on information and a great way to spend some quiet time.

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Many people read just before going to sleep, while sitting on the pot or just whenever the moment strikes them. The nice thing about the written word is you can always go back and re-read a passage to make sure you understood what was being said. In a classroom we generally miss about half of what the lecture is about, the reason we take notes, but when you read most people will generally retain more of the information contained in the pages.

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Reading is also very entertaining. If written well, a book can take us places  we could never go in real life and let us experience things we might never otherwise be able to connect to. It allows us to insert ourselves in the story as the hero, victim or even the antagonist.

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It’s also a time to plug friends works that while maybe written for children, also entertains adults.

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Or even shamelessly plug our own manuscripts, particularly when they fall in line with the upcoming season. Available as a e-book where ever you order your e-books from or here at Google Books where you can previewca few pages… https://books.google.com/books/about/Why_the_Evergreens_Stay_Green.html?id=DP-oDQAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button Only 99 cents! Sorry, just couldn’t help myself!

How to celebrate – Read a book today. Support new authors to give them a chance in the market. (You never know, you might find a real gem) Try writing your own novel.

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

I love books! They are great for holding down loose papers on my desk, they make great doorstops and they help me sit up straighter when I am in a chair too low for the table I am at… oh, and they are pretty fun to read as well.

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Fiction, non-fiction, biographical, self-help, educational, picture, coloring… well they all have their purpose and can give us hours and hours of enjoyment. They are great for spending some quiet time, catching up on the latest trends, and studying areas of interest we can never learn enough about. They can take us to far away places, times long since past, and even allow ourselves to be transformed into a King or Queen or anyone we can imagine (or the author can imagine).

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They help us relax, fall asleep, and get into a zone that betters our mood, improves ourselves, or makes us feel better about the world we live in (often by comparing it to a world we haven’t known). They give us insight into how others think, reassuring ourselves that there are people who feel the same as we do, and often they help us remember things we might otherwise have forgotten.

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The written word is powerful, but only if someone reads it. Books are not always right, sometimes they challenge us to be better people, and show us things we may have missed along our life’s journey. They remind us of who we can still be, where we have been, and what we have in common with others when we think we are often alone. In other words, they are like an old friend who knows us, and loves us, and does whatever they can to help us realize our dreams.

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They can make us laugh, cry, or consider things we have never considered before. They can make us examine who we are, what we are doing, and what happened to lead us to where we are. In short, every book has a life of it’s own that it is willing to share with us. Oh, and they help us reach that top shelf, fill up empty spaces, and show we have some class to our friends and neighbors.

How to celebrate – Open a book and read today. Start writing your own book (you might be better at it than you think). Learn something you didn’t already know by reading a book that challenges the limits you have placed on yourself.