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Reading is empowering! Pledge to support National Read a Book Day and support literacy efforts on every day of the year.


In a world overflowing with information and digital distractions, there's something truly magical about the act of reading. It's a journey that transcends time and space, inviting us to explore new worlds, ignite our imagination, and connect with the thoughts and experiences of others. Every page turned is an opportunity to learn, grow, and embrace the transformative power of literacy.

This National Read a Book Day, September 6, and every day that follows, let's come together to celebrate the beauty of reading and make a lasting impact on individuals and communities1.

Why Literacy Matters

Literacy isn't just about knowing how to read words on a page. It's about unlocking a world of opportunities, opening doors to education, and empowering individuals to reach their full potential. From early childhood development to lifelong learning, literacy plays a pivotal role in shaping our lives2. It's the cornerstone of success in education, employment, and personal growth.

Unfortunately, not everyone has equal access to this fundamental skill3.Millions of people in the United States face challenges related to literacy4. Illiteracy and low literacy levels can lead to limited access to information, reduced opportunities, and barriers to personal and professional development. This is a pressing issue that affects individuals from all walks of life and has far-reaching consequences for society as a whole.

A Day to Share and Inspire

One of the remarkable facets of National Read a Book Day is its inclusivity5. This celebration isn't confined to solitary endeavors. It's an invitation to share the experience of reading with others, creating moments of connection and joy. Whether you're reading aloud to children, sharing stories with grandparents, or even indulging in a literary adventure with your pets as attentive listeners, this day is a reminder that the world of books is meant to be explored, appreciated, and shared.

Join the Movement: Take Action for Literacy

Imagine a world where everyone has the ability to read, learn, and thrive. It's a world where individuals can fully engage in society, pursue their dreams, and contribute meaningfully. We have the power to make this vision a reality, and it starts with taking action.

Join Us in Making a Difference

By supporting literacy efforts on National Read a Book Day and every other day of the year, you're not just enabling individuals to read words on a page. You're empowering them to write their own stories, pursue their dreams, and create a brighter future for themselves and their communities. Whether you're sharing the joy of reading with a child, donating books to those in need, or volunteering your time, your actions have a profound impact.

This National Read a Book Day, and every day that follows, let's stand together and take action for literacy. Join us in supporting this vital cause and making a lasting difference in the lives of individuals across the nation.

Sign the pledge and support literacy for all Americans!

More on this issue:

  1. National Today (6 September 2023), "National Read a Book Day."
  2. Child Abuse Prevention, Treatment & Welfare Services, Children's Bureau (2023), "The Importance of Reading to Your Children."
  3. Porshea Patterson, Words Alive! (16 May 2017), "Literacy Starts at Home, and so does Fighting Inequality."
  4. Chloe Haderlie and Alyssa Clark, Ballard Brief (Fall 2017), "Illiteracy Among Adults in the US."
  5. Jennifer Casa-Todd (14 January 2019), "Reading as Shared Experience."
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The Pledge:

I pledge to wholeheartedly support literacy efforts on National Read a Book Day and every single day of the year. Recognizing the transformative power of literacy, I am committed to making a positive impact on individuals and communities by fostering a love for reading and learning. I understand that literacy is not only a key to personal growth but also a cornerstone of a thriving society.

In the United States, a strong foundation in literacy is essential for success in education, employment, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, millions of people face literacy challenges that hinder their ability to fully engage in society. Illiteracy and low literacy levels contribute to reduced opportunities, limited access to information, and barriers to personal and professional development. Literacy programs play a crucial role in breaking down these barriers, empowering individuals to unlock their potential and participate fully in the world around them.

10 Actions to Support Literacy Every Day

  1. Promote Reading at Home: Encourage reading as a daily habit within your family. Set aside dedicated time for reading, share stories, and discuss the joy of books.

  2. Donate Books: Regularly donate books to local libraries, schools, shelters, and community centers to ensure access to reading materials for all ages.

  3. Volunteer as a Tutor: Offer your time as a literacy tutor or mentor, helping learners of all ages develop their reading and language skills.

  4. Advocate for Literacy Funding: Support increased funding for literacy programs in schools and communities to ensure everyone has access to quality education.

  5. Start a Book Club: Organize or join a book club to engage in meaningful discussions and promote a culture of reading.

  6. Donate to Literacy Organizations: Contribute financially to organizations that focus on promoting literacy and providing resources to underserved communities.

  7. Support Free Library Programs: Attend and promote free library events, workshops, and reading programs that encourage a love for books.

  8. Read Aloud: Volunteer to read aloud at local schools, libraries, or community centers to inspire young minds and instill a passion for storytelling.

  9. Gift Books: Give the gift of books on special occasions or just because, spreading the joy of reading to friends and loved ones.

  10. Promote Digital Literacy: Assist individuals in acquiring digital literacy skills, helping them navigate the digital world and access online educational resources.

By taking these actions to support literacy, I am contributing to a future where individuals have the tools they need to thrive. Literacy empowers people to reach their full potential, fosters empathy and understanding, and opens doors to endless opportunities. As we collectively embrace and nurture literacy, we pave the way for a happier, more informed, and harmonious society where everyone has the chance to learn, grow, and contribute meaningfully.

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