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Summer 2014 Challenge: Reading is Fundamental

Who remembers Reading Rainbow?  Here's the theme song for those who do not know or need a reminder.

Reading Rainbow was one of my favorite television shows during my childhood. LeVar Burton was my hero before I saw him in Star Trek: TNG because he brought the books to life. I saw why reading is fundamental in each episode of Reading Rainbow. He always said, “You don't have to take my word for it” and I never did! My mom would take me and my sisters to the library all the time and we'd come home with shopping bags full of books to read. I loved to read books upon books upon books.

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LeVar Burton started a kickstarter on May 28th to raise money to bring Reading Rainbow back for kids. To say I was excited is an understatement. Reading Rainbow made a big impact on me and I give it and my mom credit for my love to read. Kids today can benefit from having that in their life. Below is the kickstarter video by the Reading Rainbow team.

I'm not the only one who thinks kids need Reading Rainbow in their lives. The kickstarter for Reading Rainbow surpassed its $1 million dollar goal in less than a day (I think it was like 11 hours) and as of this morning (5/30) has raised over $2 million dollars and has over 58k backers. And there is still 33 days to go!!

If you have not done so already, please, please, please, donate at least $5 to the Reading Rainbow kickstarter. Don't think just because they've hit their goal that they don't need the money. Increased funding will allow Reading Rainbow to be brought to kids in schools for many more years and in different ways. They can always use the help.

Let's nurture a love for reading in our kids and cut down on having them so technology dependent. Turn off the tv, put away the video games, get off the computers and read a book.

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All this talk of reading has made me realize that I too have fallen behind in reading. And so instead of a single month's challenge, I am doing a summer challenge. There are 14 weeks from June to the end of August and I am challenging myself to read at least 1 book a week. This means that by the end of the summer, I need to have read at least 14 books.

For a sense of nostalgia, I will say that the books I read need to be either in paperback or hardcover. I'll have to dust off the old library card.

Speaking of the library. Parents, sign your kids up at your local library for their summer reading program. Those summer programs are so much fun! You had a chance to win prizes while reading books AND it costs you nothing!!!

Anyone else up for taking the summer reading challenge? Who can read the most books in 14 weeks? You or me?  Does re-reading a book count? It probably should not count. Alrighty then, guess I'm off to the library today. This will be fun. 😀

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Side note: I'll post how the May challenge went next week after I check the numbers.

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