International Literacy Day

September 8 is International Literacy Day. As a reader, I can’t imagine life without reading—I read at least five books a week on average, and reading is my favorite kind of entertainment. As a lifelong learner, I know reading is essential to learning for self-improvement and economic advancement. As a writer, I want everyone to … Read more

International Literacy Day

The theme for the 2017 International Literacy Day is Literacy in a Digital World. I grew up in a world where literacy meant being able to read and write on paper. Young people today grow up in a world where literacy means being able to communicate in digital formats. UNESCO, the agency behind International Literacy … Read more

International Literacy Day 2013

As a writer and avid reader, I am passionate about literacy. From a selfish perspective, people who aren’t literate aren’t candidates to read my books. More importantly, and less selfishly, I know how much reading means to me, and I want everyone to be able to share the experience. In addition, literacy is required for … Read more

Shadow Forest Authors

Most authors support literacy programs for two major reasons. First, the altruistic reason: illiteracy is a huge problem for the people who can’t read and for society in general. In the US, according to the Education Portal: 50 percent of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level. … 3 out of … Read more