We talk about literacy a lot in the book blogosphere especially as it pertains to children. There's an entire dedicated group of bloggers, frequently referred to as the kidlitosphere, that is especially committed to spreading the word about literacy issues for children. I am so grateful for their tireless efforts and I think they are doing a phenomenal job.
But I think something we don't talk about as much is adult literacy. I feel a bit to blame for this, actually, since I've worked in adult literacy for four years now. Before I worked with adults who struggle with their reading skills, I never really thought about being an adult and not being able to read. Not only not being able to read, but not being able to read well. And I can only imagine that there are many others who don't think about this either.
But the truth is that there are many adult who have low to no reading skills. And this matters. It impacts us all and it impacts our children. So while I really really believe in preventative measures against illiteracy with children, I also believe that it's never too late for anyone. Adults can still to learn to read and it can change their lives.
Why does adult literacy matter to children's literacy?
*Because adults are parents who will or will not read aloud to their young children.
*Because adults are parents who will decide how important books and reading are in a household.
*Because adults are parents who will help their children with their homework.
*Because adults are people who can demonstrate that reading is to be enjoyed and books are to be loved.
I bring this up now, because I read about a new initiative by Christian fiction author Melanie Wells called I Told Two Friends. Basically, they are encouraging you to buy two copies of her book, My Soul to Keep (which is a great creepy read) and give them to two friends and tell them about the campaign. The idea is that they'll do the same. 100% of the author's profits from the books will go to the group Pro Literacy. Is this the best way to raise money for the cause of adult literacy? I don't know, but I admire that she's doing something!
Here's the official blurb from the site:
I Told Two Friends is an online campaign led by Dallas author, Melanie Wells, to rally book lovers to help fight adult illiteracy. Readers are invited to join our effort to raise $100,000 for the cause by purchasing Melanie Wells’ novel, My Soul To Keep, and encouraging two friends do the same. 100% of the author’s profits will go to ProLiteracy, an international non-profit whose mission is to end adult illiteracy worldwide.
Tell two friends, and they’ll tell two friends, and so on and so on … and help thousands of eager adults learn to read this sentence. Be part of the solution!
Go check out the I Told Two Friends website...and get involved! If you don't participate in this particular campaign just remember that adult literacy is an issue for all of us...and not just because of our children. But because everyone deserves the chance to one day read a novel and fall in love with it.
I feel inspired by an author trying to raise her voice about this...I hope you will doubly enjoy the blessing it was to be able to read this blog post today. :)