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We are proud to support this literacy effort—Pass it on!

We aren't born readers. We learn to read. Like many other skills – shooting basketball, playing piano – it takes practice. Reading is the foundation for all other learning, and it takes years of practice. Unfortunately, children in our communities don't always get the help they need to become successful readers.

Next week, the online community of children's book bloggers – librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, and literacy advocates – are launching a grassroots effort to promote reading. Their goal is to create a community of readers, one book at a time.

Share a Story – Shape a Future is a week-long event where people who believe in the power of reading will blog about their ideas. Their goal is to offer tons of practical advice about reading that is free of statistics and educational jargon. "We don't want to point fingers and tell people they have to read. Our purpose is to offer ideas on ways reading can be part of their everyday experience," says Terry Doherty, one of the event organizers.

 From March 9 to 13, 2009, blogging librarians, teachers, parents, authors, illustrators, and other people passionate about literacy will be writing about different aspects of reading. Each day has its own theme, with a host blogger and several guests. The organizers also have several giveaways planned, including a number of books related to reading. There will also be lots of free, downloadable content that includes ideas for making bookmarks and templates; links to book lists, children's book reviewers, and resources for selecting material; and tips for reading with kids and getting involved with your community.

Please visit the Share a Story - Shape a Future blog to learn more and to subscribe to the post feed for next week. Help spread the word in your community with this 1-page flier that has all the event details you need.  

CareerWise by Tailwag Studio is proud to submit our enchanting children’s book:  “Sophie & Her Fairy Godmentor” to the literacy program. (


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