Why this Kickstarter is so Important to Me
I do have so much to tell you friends. I can’t fit all of it here, but I can tell you I have been spending time doing some new things that have ended up in ridiculous stories. I can say it’s mainly about starting geocaching (which has been so much fun getting into).
This is not about that. This is about what I think may be the most important Kickstarter I have ever backed.
Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of money. What I did have was books. I don’t remember a time where books were not important to me. I remember being young and trying to sound out “Grey’s Anatomy”. I remember the first time a book really got to me and I started bawling (Charlotte’s Web). I remember trips to the library and many lazy afternoons, curled up with books to keep me company.
I also remember LaVar Burton.
An entire show about books. It was magical and lovely. It helped instill in me my love for books at a young age, teaching me that by opening a book, I was no longer a little girl sitting on a third floor porch. I could go anywhere, be anything. I could travel to lands and see them in my mind. I could go on exciting adventures, some of them I even got to make my own choices (who didn’t love Choose Your Own Adventure books). As I got older, that love didn’t die. I learned that a book could get my pulse going and make me leave the light on. I wouldn’t sleep with the closet door open for the longest time. I could fall in love with love through books.
Friends, this was just as important a show as Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood for me. It wasn’t just me, either. Most people I talk to around my age have wonderful memories of the show that taught us opening a book and expanding our minds was the most amazing thing to do.
The statistics now are scary. 1 in 4 children in the US will grow up illiterate. That is just in the US. There are countries where that number is probably higher; children who will grow up and never know the magic of books, or how much can be learned from them.
We can help.
This Kickstarter is a plan to bring Reading Rainbow to the web, into classrooms, not to a few, but making it accessible to everyone. What he says makes perfect sense; 30 years ago, TV was the place to be to reach children. Today, it is digital. While there are many who may not have computers at home, there is access at schools. Reading Rainbow can continue to do for those what was done for me.
Reading Rainbow gave me so much, I am so grateful to be able to be a part of this, even in a small way. I hope you all will consider this as well. Whether you watched the show or not, the importance of literacy, of the written word, is too important to let 1 in 4 children (more worldwide) go without at least trying to make it better. You don’t have to be in the US, as this is something that will be worldwide.
The initial goal was met in less than 24 hours. Now it is over double. That does not mean that there is not a reason to donate. Every dollar helps more people, more children. It expands it more, brings it to more places, hopefully makes more life long readers. I still love the smell of books, the feel of books, the art of them. I do contribute Reading Rainbow as helping to foster that feeling for me.
I leave you all with a quote from one of the best authors I know:
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou