This is too powerful not to share. Anna Dewdney, author of the beloved Llama Llama books, died in VT on Saturday. In her obituary she asked that instead of a funeral she would like everyone to read to a child.
Dewdney wrote, in a Wall Street Journal piece a while back, about how reading to children does more than teaching them to love books: "We are doing something that I believe is just as powerful, and it is something that we are losing as a culture: by reading with a child, we are teaching that child to be human. When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else's eyes. I will go further and say that that child then learns to feel the world more deeply, becoming more aware of himself and others in a way that he simply cannot experience except in our laps, or in our classrooms, or in our reading circles."
So I ask you not only to read to a child, but to share this powerful request with every family you know.