As we approach a whole new year, with all of its hopes and promises, the world joins in festivities. New Year’s Eve has become one of the few holidays that is celebrated all around the globe, beginning in the South Pacific, ending somewhere in the Arctic, with a long stream of fireworks turning the sky into a glorious garden of joy.
Many people give gifts on New Year’s Day, and of course we hope that they will give books–but as we reflect on the nature of gift-giving, we realize there is an even greater gift than books. We have all received it and it illuminates our lives every day. We can all pass it on, either directly or through donations–the gift of learning to read.
Please think of how different your life would be without the joy of reading, and think of how you can be sure that somewhere, somehow, a child will learn to experience that same joy.
Happy New Year, and happy reading, to all.