a personal blog by erin whitlock brown


Take a Stand: ReadOn for Early Childhood Literacy!

Reading has always been a big part of my life. As a small child, books were the gateway to far off lands and places I could only dream of visiting. it was also a way to connect with my grandmother, who was an avid reader and would take me to the library regularly as her solution to combat my bouts of restlessness. With that library card, she gave me a gift. One that would set the stage for life-long eduction and spark my interest for a future career in journalism.

Who can imagine a life without knowing the words of Hemingway and Faulkner, Didion and DeLillo, or access to their great works? Literacy is the difference between a world filled with pure imagination--where any and everything is possible . . . and one devoid of the understanding of the complexities behind the human condition and the ever-amazing tenacity of the human spirit. It is our obligation as a community to support and encourage our young to grow and think and soar to new heights. One of the best ways in doing so is through early childhood literary.

With your help, we can develop strong, young minds for better critical thinking and human compassion. Through our ReadOn campaign, we challenge you to share with us your favorite childhood book and the impact it has had on your life. You can submit your story to us via Facebook or email them to us and we will post to our ASP Blog and Twitter channel to share with our followers (hastag: #ReadOn). Who knows, your story could be the one to open the eyes, ears and imagination of a child. Share with us today!