“People who cannot understand each other cannot exchange ideas, cannot communicate. The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity.” An excerpt from “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming”
Because Your Imagination Can Change the World
Illustrated by Chris Riddell
First US Edition
Sharing a short and beautiful read from Neil Gaiman since today is World Book Day. I especially love “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming”. We didn’t have much growing up, but I am lucky because our grandparents were teachers and they brought home books. I grew up reading them and a collection of local publications, like Free Press, Liwayway magazines and comics. It was a balance of current events and fiction-fantasy for me to consume in between chores and school. I read everything, even news papers used to wrap dried fish. It wasn’t an escape from anything, reading for me was a compulsion. Along with it were numerous letters I have written to publications to express my opinions on anything. I never knew whether anyone actually read them or cared to, but that made me feel good. It was an exercise for me.
The story above is my main motivation why I support putting up mini-libraries in my town. I know there are children somewhere in Gubat, Sorsogon who are longing to find something to read, who need access to books. —
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