Imagine a world where book nerds are an endangered species...
Preeeeetty scary, right?
But the truth is that this nightmare could become a reality. Did you know that, according to the National Book Foundation, "53% of 9-year-olds read for pleasure daily, and by the time they turn 17, that number drops to 19%"?
Now that's really frightening!
That's why I need your help. As a book nerd, I can't stand the thought of my species dying out. I was fortunate enough to be taught that books are the windows to the world, but not every kid is so lucky.
National Readathon Day is a book holiday that encourages readers to make time to read. Card carrying book nerds, casual readers, new readers, and people who just plain wish they could read more are encouraged to spend 4 hours reading that day.
Not only will the literary karma fairies bless you, for every $5 you donate, I'll give you a chance to take home a book from my personal library. (This is only available to Birmingham, AL readers unless you don't mind paying an extra $4 for shipping.)
You can follow along with the National Readathon Day fun by checking out the hashtag #timetoread on Twitter.