My earliest childhood memory, is me sitting on my dads car reading a book at 5 yrs old. Ever since I could remember, I had a book in my hand. I started reading at a very young age. My mom introduced me to books as soon as I could walk and I began reading at the young age of 2.
I love reading books so much that instead of playing, I had my nose in a book. If I wasn’t reading, I was reimagining the stories that I dreamt of being in.
My love for books grew as I got older and I quickly fell in love with poetry by the age of 9. This year was a significant year for me, as my family dynamic changed and I now had a way to express myself——through poetry. I loved to draw and immerse myself in that creative space as well, but reading was like eating and breathing.
As I got older the fictional books, turned into non-fiction, and from there I began to educate myself on self care, self help business and more. Soaking it up like a sponge I learned more about how things were instead of how I imagined it. I always read in school, so much so, that by the time I got to high school, I was voted most likely to write a book. That says a lot for a young woman in high school. This was also a clue to what would be manifested in my future.
So fast forward to now, as a woman with a young child, I have given my love for books and reading to my daughter. Ever since she was in the womb, I’ve been reading to her. I have read to her continuously every night, since the day she was born. Now, at 6 yrs old she checks out a minimum of 30 books when we go to the library, which is every 1-2 weeks.
I have never let up because reading has been the best thing that has happened to me. It has not only allowed me to speak well, spell well, and educate me, it has allowed me to become cultured, imaginative and innovative. Through literacy, I’m providing my daughter the key to success.
There are several programs, authors, and published companies I support for helping to push and provide reading opportunities to children to adults. Literacy is a gift and shouldn’t be taken for granted. I hope that in this new digital age, reading books will never stop. It’s important to keep the legacy of real and tangible reading materials to help increase the literacy rates in our communities.
Literacy is…the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
If you are a part of, or know of any great literacy programs or communities, don’t hesitate to share below.
Literacy Efforts I Support:
The Little Free Library