The Saturday Post: Let's get literate edition

I've spent the last two weeks shuffling applications, e-mails, tutors and students as I coordinate my Barnes & Noble site for the next semester of tutoring for the Children's Literacy Center. It's a great cause, a great organization with great curriculum. I like the job.

But, to be honest, I'd rather not have this job. Reason being that my job is necessary only because so many kids read below grade level, so many kids don't get the help, teaching and assistance they need at home, at school, from those who love and care for them.

Reading truly is fundamental and it's the make-or-break factor in the success of a child. As parents,  grandparents, role models, we have endless opportunities to encourage reading, model reading, and teach reading.

The word "teach" has a scary connotation for some, like it's something only the "professionals" should do. Yet many conscientious parents and grandparents, aunts, uncles and more already take the first step in teaching literacy by reading to children on a regular basis. The next step is simple: Add the following lessons that won't feel like lessons the next time you share a book with the little ones in your life. (Additional related videos follow the first, all filled with super tips!)

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I strongly encourage you to do it. And to encourage others to do it. Because I'd really like to be out of a job.

Today's question:

What is the last children's book you read and to whom did you read it?