Celebrate Seuss and Give the Gift of Reading to Underprivileged Children

"Random House Children's Books, in partnership with First Book and the National Education Association (NEA), announced today the launch of a national literacy campaign dedicated to providing children from low-income families with their first, new books. The campaign is taking place in conjunction with the NEA's Read Across America celebration, an annual reading initiative designed to motivate every child in every community to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd" (from PR Newswire)

United Nations Launches Literacy Decade

"Gathering in the historic New York Public Library with its
100 miles of books, First Lady Laura Bush, U.N. officials, and President Natsag Bagabandi of Mongolia February 13 launched the United Nations Literacy Decade."

"The U.N. General Assembly declared 2003 to 2012 the Literacy Decade to address the needs of 860 million adults and 113 million children who are illiterate and give impetus to efforts to reduce the persistently high rate of illiteracy worldwide. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is the U.N. agency coordinating
activities for the decade." (from The Department of State)

Illiteracy is <i>really scary</i>. has this story about a new effort by the Horror Writers Association to support literacy. They are holding a benefit auction on eBay:

\"Among the items up for auction: a rare softcover advance copy (bound galley) of Thomas Harris\' The Silence of the Lambs issued by St. Martin\'s Press in 1988, the first U.S. hardcover edition of Clive Barker\'s The Damnation Game, and a bundle of limited-edition prints depicting scenes from Stephen King novels such as Carrie and The Shining.\"

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