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There is no greater reward than being a mother, but believe me, for all those expecting moms out there, you sure do have your work cut out for you in order to earn that reward. It was only when I had my second child that I realized, being prepared for any scenario was better…

How Do I Choose the Best Professional Cleaning Service

Keeping your home clean can be an exhausting task, especially if you have to squeeze it in between the chaos and work and keeping your family in line. And if your life feels like it’s nothing but cleaning and tedious chores, perhaps it’s…

How to Keep Your Pool Clean Without Using Chemicals

The weather is getting hotter and hotter, and if you haven’t done it already, you are probably getting ready to open your pool and start the swimming season. Having a pool in your backyard is wonderful, but it requires quite some effort before you…

I have a dream.

That kids all over the world, with wondering eyes and eager grins, will listen to stories being read aloud. Some will have Dad to read them a bedtime story. Some will be at Momma's knee, listening while she tries to read and sew by candlelight. Others will be grouped around their teacher, gazing at a picture book while they imagine themselves flying with dragons, and standing up to bullies.

Because these kids are read to, they will have better language skills, have more knowledge and understanding of the world, and they will likely be more successful at school. Their own reading skills will be greater than their peers who weren't read to. They will have the opportunity to read a bus timetable, follow directions for making a cake, or discover the magic of Fibonacci numbers. They will learn tolerance by walking a mile in someone else's shoes.

And they will have their own dreams.

Kids need dreams. Without dreams, there would have been no man on the moon, no Mona Lisa, no Where the Wild Things Are. Dreams give kids something to aim for. Dreams give kids something to hold onto.

For some children dreams are an escape from a difficult reality. This was brought home to me recently when I reviewed Are You My Mother. In an email, a lovely lady explained how important the book was to her. She'd been abused as a child and yet that book gave her a tremendous amount of hope. "Granted the book always ended the same, (but) every time that baby bird approached something, there was always that chance..." Now a mother herself, she has never forgotten Eastman's book, or the chance it gave her to dream.

Books encourage dreams. Reading about what others have achieved can inspire kids to stretch toward their own goals. Entering the adventures of a hero through the pages of a book enables dreams of ourselves as heroes. And oh, our world needs heroes!

If you share my dream, leave a comment and let other readers know. Last week, on the Book Chook blog, I had many comments from people who said they were off to take action. We'd love to read what you're doing! Let's unite our dreams for greater literacy, and help kids dream with the aid of books.

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