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I’m sure you all know by now that I love to read. I mean, it’s pretty obvious because of all of my book related posts (and I also mention it in my about me). What you probably don’t know is that I still read children’s books.
My freshman and sophomore years of college were spent reading lots and lots of children’s books because I was a corps member with Jumpstart Philadelphia. Prior to that, I hadn’t really been reading children’s books as often because, well, why would I? I was eighteen years old. I didn’t need to read children’s books. I had plenty of other books I could read, books that were written FOR girls who were 18 years old. I can’t learn anything from children’s books, I thought, they weren’t written for me! I was totally wrong. Children’s books can teach you more about yourself than any other genre of books I’ve ever read. Children’s books teach you that it’s okay to be exactly who you are.Children's books teach you that it's okay to be exactly who you are. Click To Tweet
That’s pretty powerful stuff, right? So, put down your typical twenty-something reads and take a look at these children’s books!
1. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Because this book taught me that although I’m not an artist, there are still ways for me to get the most out of my experiences. You just have to read it. It’s adorable.
2. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Because if you’re ever doubting yourself in any way, shape, or form, this book will be there for ya. It’s a great story for new beginnings and is bound to make you feel both nostalgic and excited. YOU GOT THIS.
3. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Because books have healing powers. Don’t be afraid to lose yourself in a book.
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Because sometimes life sucks and you need to be mad about it. Alexander feels ya.
5. Olivia by Ian Falconer
Because we’re all divas inside. Olivia teaches us to dare to be different! We don’t have time for so many basic people in this world so DON’T BE BASIC. BE OLIVIA.
Throughout my time with Jumpstart, I realized just how important children’s books are. When a child reads a book and sees a version of themselves reflected in the pages, that child feels validated. That child knows he or she is not alone. According to the Educational Testing service, the more types of reading materials there are in the home, the higher the students reading proficiency (National Education Association). For children in low-income households, books might not be a priority. In some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in the United States, there is only one book available for every 300 children (First Book). I don’t know about you, but that statistic gets me CHARGED UP (Meek Mill vs. Drake reference, anyone? Anyone?)
Some of my friends are charged up as well: Amanda, Natalie, and Pam are holding a #BloggerBookDrive to raise money to provide children with books! I think this is an amazing idea and I encourage you to donate to their campaign! They have a goal to raise $200 (that’s enough for 80 books!) by the end of August and I think with the amazing blogging community we have, that should be no problem!
The organization they are running this book drive through is called First Book. For every $2.50 raised, First Book will donate a book to a child in need. So far, First Book has donated over 90 million books to children in need! That’s crazy awesome!