Sunday, October 23, 2016

Encouraging everyone to read Books

"I can't remember the last novel I read," he told me. "I can read but I don't."

Questions:  What do all these books have in common?
(Please scroll down to the very bottom of this post
--under the heading Sharing my Author Journey--for the answer.)

We have a problem that I'm hoping you can help me work towards solving...
'The percentage of American adults who read literature--any novels, short stories, poetry or plays--fell to at least a three-decade low last year, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts.' -The long, steady decline of literary reading
'The Pew Research Centre reported...that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year.' -The Decline of the American Book Lover
'Work by the Pew Research Centre and other outfits have confirmed the testimony of teachers and parents and the evidence of one's eyes. Few late teen-agers are reading many books.'  -The New Yorker 
 '80% of American families buy percisely zero books per year, a proportion which no doubt is echoed elsewhere in the western world.'   Too Many Writers, Not Enough Readers
If you enjoy reading... If you love books... You and me--writer and writer, writer and reader, reader and reader--we are on the same team:  team reading.

Our team has a goal, a mission, a mandate--to spread the love of reading to everyone, everywhere.

Why is this issue so important to me?

Because I have known life without books. I was a reluctant reader; I have dyslexia. But thanks to dedicated teachers and caring parents, I won that fight and learned to read. And believe me, life with books is much, much richer.


Books open your eyes to new ideas.

Books answer questions.

Book make you think.

Books build bridges.

Books prove that you're not alone.

Books allow you to walk in someone else's shoes.

I could go on and on, but you get it. I know you do. We're on the same team.

How can we promote reading?

-give books as gifts

-read aloud to those who can't read or even to those who can

-discuss what you've read

-let them see you reading

-make books and magazines available to be read at your place of work or in your home

-talk about your favourite authors

-make your local bookstore your meet-up place

-don't judge. It doesn't matter if they are reading old classics, bestsellers, graphic novels or comics. All that matters is that they are reading.

-recommend a good book

-write reviews of your favourite books

-become a literacy advocate (World Literacy Canada) or the learning lab

-participate in pro reading events, such as Read Local BC

Can you add to this list? Please leave a comment.

all photos on this site were taken by Leanne Dyck--unless otherwise stated.

Next post...

For some October 31 marks the beginning of a new year. For others, Halloween is a time to indulge in all things spooky. 

The Walking Dead is rocking the boob tube (TV). Why? Why do we want to scare ourselves? 

Recently, I wrote a spooky story for children. 

A friend/author asked, "Why do you want to scare children?"

Years ago, as a University student, I participated in a heated discussion regarding Bruno Bettleheim's The Uses of Enchantment

"Why would you want to traumatize children?" I asked my classmates. 

Why read scary stories to children? On the eve of All Hallows' Eve (October 30th at approximately 5 pm), I will publish a post that explores both answers to this question.

Picture Books in Canada

'Tradewind Books has been publishing prize-winning picture books, novels and poetry for children of all ages for over 15 years... Tradewind Books is a small publishing house with offices in Vancouver, British Columbia.'

Sharing my author journey...

This week I received another rejection letter. Correct, it wasn't just 

any rejection letter. It was one of those rejection letters that makes you not only continue to write but also to share that writing with publishers. They wrote...
'This is a sweet story, but I'm afraid it isn't right for our list. I do wish you the best of luck with this elsewhere, however. It's certainly well written.'

Answer:  To celebrate Read Local BC, this photo showcases books by BC authors--a small library of work by Mayne Island authors.


Darlene said...

That is a very nice rejection letter. I recall receiving one similar and it certainly encouraged me to continue sending my book out. One thing I noticed as I kept sending out is that the rejection letters got nicer and nicer. As for encouraging people to read, I always give books as gifts. My grandchildren call me the Book Grandma because they know they will get books from me! Happy reading and writing!!

Leanne Dyck said...

'Book Grandma'--I like that. Your granddaughter is very fortunate to have you help her build her library.
I inherited a book--The Book of the Queen's Dollhouse published in 1924--from my grandma and it remains one of my prized possessions. And though I never knew my great grandmother I inherited her Bible.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — In addition to all of the wonderful ways you listed in your post to promote reading, in my neck of the woods (Boise, Idaho) we have something called "Lunch for Literacy" - a wonderful program that I'm delighted to be involved with.

Leanne Dyck said...

"Lunch for Literacy" Please tell me more, Laurie.
My search engine search yielded very little useful information.