Kerry Washington: “My Mom Gave Me The Gift Of LOVING To Read!”
Kerry teamed up with First Book. First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 120 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.
On her Firstbook.org giving page, Washington credits her mother for first giving her the “gift of LOVING to read.”
In the U.S. 32 million adults, or roughly 14% of population, can’t read, according to a 2013 study from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy.
First Book gives new books to children in need and to date has donated more than 125 million books to children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.
Reading aloud with children can grow self esteem, build listening skills, vocabulary and memory, develop imagination and creativity, and increase communication with parents among a host of many other benefits cited by the Family Literacy Foundation.
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“For the next two weeks, from now until Valentine’s Day, show your LOVE and make a difference in the lives of children who need you,” wrote Washington.