“During the last year when most countries have seen periods of confinement and people have had to limit their time spent outside, books have proved to be powerful tools to combat isolation, reinforce ties between people, expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds and creativity. In some countries the number of books read has doubled.  

During the month of April and all year round, it is critical to take the time to read on your own or with your children. It is a time to celebrate the importance of reading, foster children’s growth as readers and promote a lifelong love of literature and integration into the world of work. 

Through reading and the celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, we can open ourselves to others despite distance, and we can travel thanks to imagination.”

Happy reading, blogging friends! ~Becky 


  1. Great reminder, Becky. I’ve been known to read the back of the Comet can in the bathroom or the back of the cereal box if at breakfast in the pre-cellphone days. Before leaving the house I check to make sure I have a book with me and my cell phone to make sure I have something to read. You never know when you’ll have to wait.

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  2. Reading has been always been on of my favorite activities, but never more so than in the past year. Escaping into a cozy mystery, a non-fiction book about biblical history or even an air-fryer cookbook has kept me sane and grounded. I have an extensive list of books to be reserved at the library now that they’re open for business again. I say Hurray for books!

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  3. Reading is important. So is fighting against school districts, school boards, and higher education institutions that are censoring some of the treasures of our literature. It’s happening everywhere, even (or especially) in the elite academies, and it needs to be confronted.

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  4. Well, isn’t that the truth!! Those of us who were encouraged to read and love books at an early age are so lucky. And I’m happy to see this statistic that through all the challenges of the pandemic, reading has grown. Thanks, Becky.

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  5. Reading is such a gift! I’ve been de-cluttering my bookshelves and bagging some that I will donate soon. Realized that I’ve acquired a good number of new titles in the past year, when I had time for more reading. Rather than hoarding them, I like to keep them circulating. 🙂
    I didn’t realize April 23rd had special significance! That’s great to celebrate, especially as I’ve generated a manuscript that’s making its way to beta readers now.

    Cheers & be well, Becky!

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  6. I totally agree. When I was growing up I saw family members reading both for pleasure and for information on a variety of subjects. It was clear to me that if I didn’t learn to read I’d be missing out, so I was eager to learn.

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