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Marking National Read Across America Day, TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager spotlights the work of the nonprofit Worldreader, which has used tech to get books into the hands of 17 million kids around the world. Now Worldreader is focusing its efforts here at home, launching a BookSmart app to promote reading to kids in underserved “book deserts” across America.
Encouraging children to foster a love of books and reading at an early age is an excellent way to set them up for their future. However, getting our children to want to read is a task much easier said than done.
As the year comes to a close, many of us start thinking of ways to give back to our communities, whether as holiday donations or as gifts for others. As holiday cheer suffuses our everyday lives, it’s a good time to remember those who need our help this holiday season.
Recognized not only as an industry leader but also as an advocate for ‘authors and readers everywhere,’ Carolyn Reidy will be the first to receive the Literarian Award posthumously.