National Book Month
National book month is the opportunity for America to rediscover their love for reading. Reading is the tool that not only unlocks your imagination but it also increases reading comprehension skills and increases one’s vocabulary. Reading is an opportunity to emerge yourself in drama, fiction, non-fiction, biography, science-fiction, horror, mystery, or any other experience you choose. The more you read the more you increase your writing skills, vocabulary, and capacity to learn. If you read, the portals to achievement and education are your oasis. In order to read, you have to still your mind and decrease chaos in your head allowing you to fully enjoy the reading experience.
Scheduling reading time for yourself, and your family, is one of the greatest simple gifts you can enjoy in life. You can purchase a book at your local bookstore or enjoy a world of knowledge for free at your local library. If you are rusty, don’t decide to start reading again picking up a 900 page novel. Keep it short and simple until you build your ability to enjoy reading and then gradually increase the number of pages in the books you read. No one can stop you from learning a new career field or gaining more knowledge about events or people that interest you. In order to fully celebrate national book month we must explore illiteracy problems and the statistics that seem to relate to reading capacities.
The Literacy Company reported the following alarming statistics:
♦Approximately 50 percent of the nation’s unemployed youth age 16-21 are functional illiterate, with virtually no prospects of obtaining good jobs.
Reference -Literacy Statistics Reference Information
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
♦More than three out of four of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers and 68% of those arrested are illiterate. About three in five of America’s prison inmates are illiterate.
Reference – Literacy Statistics Reference Information
Washington Literacy Council
♦60 percent of America’s prison inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading problems.
♦46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.
Read a book and reignite your brain power, imagination, and increase your knowledge. Reduce your television time and tap into your brain power. It’s never too late to start a new tradition or take a new path.
In honor of national book month if you are a child or adult in need of reading skills don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Literacy programs are available in your area to help you learn how to read or you can purchase programs similar to hooked on phonics.
If you have a family, make it a practice to take an hour every week for the family to read in the same room together. If you are pressed for time and want to take an active role in the development and enjoyment of reading for your children; have them read to you before they go to bed. This will allow a parent to have the opportunity to determine their child’s reading, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.