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A Lit Wish From Holly Kent and the National Reading Campaign

For the second year in row, we’ve been spending the holiday season making Lit Wish Lists—lists of books we want to give, books we want to get, books to read or reread. And all this thinking about Lit Wish Lists got us pondering the nature of the Lit Wish; what exactly might one of these look like? So we went exploring to find out, and came up with three excellent Lit Wishes worthy of coming true in 2014. First up is one by Holly Kent, Community Manager of the National Reading Campaign


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My Lit Wishes for 2014?

I’d like every person on earth to be literate—highly literate. I’d like books and other reading materials to be accessible, affordable, and widely purchased all over the world, outselling all other media. I’d like Alice Munro to be required reading for all human beings. I’d like all students to have fifth-grade teachers like Mr. Bromley and for their reading habits to be changed forever when he hands you a copy of The Giver, like mine were. I’d like all minds to be blown in the 11th grade when Ms. Tarawana recommends The Handmaid’s Tale. (What is it about dystopian novels that change lives?) I’d like everyone to be raised by passionate readers, to audit at least one long, rambling, passionate English class taught by Professor Michael …

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What Did You Read Today? Tweet It and Get a Chance to Win a Kobo eReader or $1000 in New Books for Your Kid’s Classroom or Library!

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss’s "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

We all know the answer to “Why do we read?” is endless and thrillingly individual. For some it’s pleasure, for others educational. Some want escape, and some want anything but—they want to know more about a particular subject. But whether it’s distraction or immersion we crave, the result is always the same, no matter who we are: when we read, we know more. More about the world, about what others are thinking, about what we’re thinking, about where we want to go and be and do …


That’s why the National Reading Campaign’s—“What did you read today?”—is so important. It was created amid growing evidence that reading is becoming a less common activity in Canada, as technology, entertainment, and the frantic pace of our lives shove it down the list of things to do. This is happening despite one constant: we need to know more, not less. Knowledge is still the key to being powerful, engaged, and purposeful. We need to read.

Over the coming months, the National Reading Campaign will be asking Canadians through advertising and events and on their website what they are reading today. It coul …

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