May is Get Caught Reading Month. The event is aimed primarily at children and teens to introduce them to the joys of reading. However, the Get Caught Reading website offers free posters for schools, libraries, and bookstores of authors, celebrities, and cartoon characters getting “caught” reading. Seeing people they admire reading may motivate youngsters to want to emulate their heroes. Once they start to read, it is likely that they will enjoy it and become readers.
When I was a child, I could be caught reading often. My mother used to say I always had my nose in a book, and I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t hear her when she called me.
Today I can still be caught reading anywhere, anytime. Because of poor vision and arthritic hands that make it hard to hold a book, you won’t catch me reading a print book. But if you saw me sitting in a building lobby waiting for handicapped transportation, you would see me reading an ebook on my phone. At home, you might catch me reading an ebook on my phone or my Kindle or listening to an audiobook on my phone.
I love stories – whatever format they are in. Did you know that E-Readers Read More?
Reading is so important, not only for entertainment, but also for learning. And just think of the practical necessity of reading, things like filling out a job application or finding directions. I wrote about this in What If You Couldn’t Read.
If you are an avid reader, you might be interested in 100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers.
Are you an aspiring writer? Then you need to Read More to Become a Better Writer.
Would you like to improve your social skills? Develop Your Social Skills: Read a Novel.
There are many benefits to reading, and I’m glad to know that children and teens are being encouraged to read, not just because they have to read something for school, but because reading is fun. It’s my number one form of entertainment, and I hope it’s one of your favorite activities as well. Maybe you will be caught reading this month!