Why You Should Read a Book: The Importance of Literacy

From one book nerd to another! Here are six quotes to motivate you to read!

“Some say they get lost in books, but I find myself, again and again, in the pages of a good book. Humanly speaking, there is no greater teacher, no greater therapist, no greater healer of the soul, than a well-stocked library.”

-L.R. Knost

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

-James Baldwin

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

-Frederick Douglass

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed one book.”

-Malcolm X

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”

-Kofi Annan

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

-Maya Angelou

Afternoons were made for reading (and working and grading). Hope these quotes inspire you to start a new book!

4 thoughts on “Why You Should Read a Book: The Importance of Literacy”

    1. Absolutely! They open our eyes to a world of possibilities! What I appreciate most about books is their ability to transform the minds of young readers. They’re sense of self and confidence is magnified!

      -Denise Nichole Andrews

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