Literacy is not a cause that charity knitters normally have anything to do with. However, a terrific literacy organization is asking crafters of all kinds to join together to help with the important cause of children’s literacy. The organization is called Kids Need to Read, and its mission is simple: to encourage the development of a lifelong love of reading among children, as well as to encourage communities to support children’s literacy. One important program offered by Kids Need to Read is their READ Together program, which encourages families to read together. (Get it?) As READ Together states on their web page, “…the READ Together program partners with schools and other literacy organizations to encourage adult caregivers to read every day with their children. The program utilizes a wealth of books, educational resources, tips for caregivers on the go, and inspiration, all designed to increase at-home reading activities.”
How You Can Help
Most likely, we’re all in agreement that it’s important to get children reading, and the younger, the better. So how can charity crafters help? The answer: by making Reading Buddies! Again from the website, an explanation, as surely you’re wondering, “What’s a Reading Buddy?” “Kids Need to Read needs lots of ‘reading buddies’ for kindergarten students participating in our national READ Together program! What is a reading buddy? It is a stuffed critter to which a child reads aloud, especially when they have no one else to read with at home.” Unfortunately, many care providers, whether these are parents, grandparents, or other guardians, are either too busy to read to or with their children, or else they are simply unaware of just how important it is to engage their children with books. That’s where Reading Buddies can fill in the gap. Kindergarten students are offered their very own “Reading Buddy” that they can enjoy reading to. It’s a great way to encourage children to practice reading; what kindergarten-age child doesn’t love stuffed animals? If this idea intrigues you, be sure to visit the “Reading Buddies” page for more information, including an email address you can write to in order to express your interest. For more information about the Kids Need to Read organization in general, you can visit their full website. This is truly an outstanding opportunity for charity knitters (and those who like to crochet and/or sew) to help the worthwhile cause of children’s literacy!