This year, when trick-or-treaters knock on the door, give new or gently read books instead of candy. Give books for treats!
This not only helps raise kids’ interest in reading; it increases the feeling that the community cares about their future. Reading encourages curiosity, imagination, and life-long learning.
The National Endowment for the Arts has reported that the average person aged 15 to 24 spends only seven minutes a day on “voluntary” reading.
What if you could help kindle children’s excitement about it before they become teenagers? They will be more likely to carry the reading habit into adulthood.
The idea comes from a nonprofit program called Books for Treats. Its founder Rebecca Morgan says, “Given the burgeoning numbers of kids with diabetes and obesity, it’s time to shift Halloween treats to something that feeds their minds, not their cavities.”
So this Halloween, feed their minds instead of their cavities. Go to this link to see how communities have used this concept to create awareness of reading for young trick-or-treaters.
Quotations About Reading
“Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you.” – Harold Bloom
“Most of what makes a book ‘good’ is that we are reading it at the right moment for us.” – Alain de Botto
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.” – Stephen King