Ever since I was a wee child, I've always been a reader. I just love(d) the fact that all books were like individual tiny worlds where you could live a different life and generally get lost in the story of the book until you read the last word on the last page.
Confession: It still makes me sad when I finish with any book. You've grown to know and love those characters and the world they live in, so it's like losing a close friend(s). It's silly, but I 'mourn' the book and its story a little bit before I move onto the next book.
If you're a true reader, you understand!
It's this type of close relationship with books that makes it so important to make reading material available to everyone, especially kids who have so much wonder and curiosity in them; if you catch them early on, you can potentially spark a lifelong love of books and the written word.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people are fortunate enough to be able to access books whenever they please. Me, I can just go out and buy a book at a bookstore, order a book online or go old school and frequent the local library, but many don't have any of that.
Thanks to Worldreader and their mission to bring digital books to millions of children in third world countries, the ability to give books and, ultimately, the love of reading is becoming more and more possible.
A little about Worldreader:
"Worldreader is a US and European non-profit whose mission is to make digital books available to children in the developing world, so millions of people can improve their lives. As of October 2012, we’ve put over 229,000 e-books - and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained within them – into the hands of 1,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa. Those children now read more, read better, and are improving their communities."
And with your help, this mission can become even more of a success!
From November 27th through December 4th, you can vote for Worldreader to have the opportunity to win up to $1 million dollars to dedicate to this growing cause, as well as increase "Books for all" awareness globally.
All you need to do is:
1.) Like them on Facebook
2.) Vote for Them through December 4th
3.) Share this amazing charity and opportunity through your social media channels!
If you're a reader, you know how just one book can change the life of a child. Shouldn't everyone, regardless of where they live, get to experience that life change?
Disclaimer: I'm part of the Worldreader smiley360.com campaign and received no compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated.