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I’ve started another book reading blitz. I am now in the habit of reading for, on average, an hour after I’ve gone to bed. My “pile” of books to read include a few physical books sitting on my desk, a bunch of ebooks and I’ve found the graphic comic books of The Walking Dead on YouTube. Love the show and it’s interesting to see the differences between the two. And I have a bunch of Jackie Collins ready to go when it gets to hot this summer to move away from the fan.

Are you not reading as much as you would like? lists 10 benefits of reading of why we should read each day.

Need some ideas on how to read more books this year? Random House Canada has them.

It’s National Library Week this week (April 13 – 19). This year’s theme is Lives change @ your library and Judy Blume is the honorary chair. In celebration of libraries, I found some links that book lovers may be interested in.

UNESCO General Conference proclaimed April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day   Their goal is

“…to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.”

Reading to kids  is a great way to get them interested in books and using their imagination. I missed this when it happened earlier this year but February 26th of each year is Tell A Fairy Tale Day. And remember, fairy tales aren’t just for kids.

Another one I missed was World Read Aloud Day that is held every March 5th. Their mission is

“…to empower children through literacy to lead lives of independence, hope, and joy.”

Something new I found was We Give Books. It was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation and each time you go to their site and read a book, they will donate a book. All the books online are age appropriate to age 10 and is a great opportunity to read aloud to a child or let them read a book.

If a child in your life is learning another language, or you are starting to learn another language and want to read something other than short phrases, there are sites such as Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project. This site has a large collection of free illustrated antique children’s books and some of the books also have translations for such languages as Spanish, Italian and English.

And there are always online sites such as and Project Gutenberg where you can find free ebooks.

Happy reading.


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