National “Get Caught Reading” Month (Week 1)

May 2, 2019

The Counseling Corner

By Rev. Judith T. Lester, B.Min. M.Th

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading is one of the essential foundations of amassing knowledge. While research has found that there has been an increase in the variety of ways people read books, not only on e-readers but also on smartphones and tablets, there is also reason for concern. A blog by Concordia University-Portland, entitled: “Crisis Point: The State of Literacy in America” (March 2018) indicates that more than 30 million adults in the U.S. cannot read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level. (ProLiteracy) And, children whose parents have low literacy rates have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. (National Bureau of Economic Research)

Therefore, for the month of May, this column will be dedicated to reading. May has been celebrated as “National Get Caught Reading Month” which is the nationwide campaign devoted to reading. This campaign promotes the fun of reading books for all ages. Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers, it is now managed by Every Child A Reader. Because of research indicating that every language experience actually stimulates a child’s brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school, the “Get Caught Reading” campaign and this series of articles, hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that passion with the young children in their lives.

Let’s begin by offering these tips to celebrate and challenge you to “Get Caught Reading” provided by the National Day Calendar:

  • Anytime you have some free time you will have something to read.
  • Place books for all ages in the car. Everyone will have something to read. Older children can read to those who haven’t mastered the skill. 
  • Unplug for the month. Then stop by the library and pick out the latest bestseller or classic on your reading list.
  • Charge up the digital reader’s battery and load it up. Many classics have been made available for a small fee or no cost.
  • Get caught reading to children. Find a snug spot and create a routine that carries on throughout the year.
  • Include a book in every room in the house.
  • Encourage reading during stressful times as a way to distract the mind away from worries and to refocus.
  • Read outdoors in a park after a walk. Join me this month in encouraging a culture of literacy and learning by allowing yourself, your children and grandchildren to “Get Caught Reading.”

Next Week: Continuation

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