Do you remember what your favorite book was as a child?
Mine was Troubling a Star by Madeleine L'Engle, a story about a teenage girl named Vicky who embarks on a trip to Antarctica — then eerie things start happening. She realizes she's surrounded by people she can't trust and that her life may be in danger.
I related to Vicky and how she sometimes felt alone. I saw her being brave, but also how even with courage, you're still allowed to be afraid.
Today is International Literacy Day, an opportunity to reflect on the books that have influenced us and our children. Today is special, but Stand for Children works every day to increase kids' access to books and programs that will boost reading skills.
We celebrate literacy because reading has the power to change your life. One story can make you see the world differently. One story can give you knowledge, joy, or courage at a time when you need it most.
Join us in celebrating today by telling us about a book that inspired you.