The Amazing Flight of Little Ray
April 2018 by V. R. Duin


And when Little Ray heard their words,
He came to his senses and thought about birds.
Under their feathers, they had to have skin.
If so, Little Ray's fight was about to begin!
(“The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”)

Pay reading forward to the next generation for success at work, at school and at home in our communities.

If you are reading this article, you recognize that reading matters. You likely owe your interest in reading to an adult who read aloud to you and taught you to appreciate books at a young age. We hope you will pay reading forward to raise reading rates for generations to come. Children who enjoy reading have a better chance of developing literacy skills. An ability to read, learn and comprehend written content can carry children to success at school, at work and at home in our communities. Throughout their lives, reading can help individuals meet the accelerating change in their world with independent study and the development of new skills.

Few children from disadvantaged backgrounds seem to receive reading attention. Parents, older siblings or other adults in their lives may not understand that reading matters for success at school, at work and at home in our communities. As a result, these unenlightened individuals may not pay reading forward. Due to a lack of reading history, disadvantaged children may begin school without a strong foundation for educational success. As non-readers continue to fall behind in school, they may become discouraged. These children are likely to drop out of school and take to the streets. Parents who read aloud to their children help to raise reading rates by creating a positive association with books, reading and learning. Reading for pleasure and for success is likely to remain with these children throughout their adult lives.

Facts About Children's Literacy showed that reading to children at home can improve literacy and numeracy. Households with the greatest number of books in their homes, are likely to meet with greater success in school testing. At schools where parental involvement is low, the success rate plummets. During reading, children learn about the outside world and expand their vocabularies. Reading also helps children learn how to extract useful information from texts. We encourage everyone to pay reading forward and provide access to books for every child at home to promote success at school, at work and at home in our communities.

At school, children may be taught conformity. They may be forced to study a lot of subjects they may never use or find any need to know. Some students and some employers may place a premium on a degree in soft skills, like history, philosophy or the fine arts. However, there may be a premium for the diligence that it takes to study and complete any and all studies, including esoteric ones. Reading may help spelling, writing and thinking. Once children determine reading is fun and interesting, it may be easier for them to learn additional marketable skills. When children develop a passion, it may become central to their quest for greater knowledge. This learning process may start when books are read to them. It may result in the development of sophisticated skills and dynamic achievement gains that enhance opportunities throughout life.

Having books to read at home may enrich language exposure, strengthen school readiness and form a positive association with books and reading. Reading aloud to children mat hook reluctant readers on the interesting and fun aspects of books. Basic literacy is essential in almost every workplace. Reading may provide the information, insights and perspectives required to display intelligence and diligence. Reading may help us reason and deal with new situations. Reading requires determined effort. We may be able to raise reading rates by showing children how much fun reading is, how much reading matters and how much opportunity reading provides for present and for future success at school, at work and at home in our communities.

Let's try to pay reading forward for every child and pave the way for success at school, at work and at home in our communities with a diversity of reading materials that offer exposure to interesting words and content.

At School, At Work, At Home

  • Pay reading forward Reading Rates says:

    Pay reading forward to improve educational and life opportunities for success at school, at work and at home in our communities.

  • Success at school Reading Rates says:

    Reading aloud to children and providing them with books to read at home may help them achieve success at school, where progress has been stagnant for decades.

    • Achieve Sucess at School, at Work and at HomeReading Rates says:

      Reading can help achieve success at school, at work and at home to improve educational equality and lessen the socioeconomic divisions in this country.