Read to your children every day, beginning at birth. If you do, there's a strong chance they'll become good readers and in turn, develop a love of reading that will carry them through school, work, and beyond.
Although the show went off the air in 2009, Reading Rainbow lives on -- in digital form. In June, Burton launched the Reading Rainbow app through Apple. The interactive app brings high-quality books, videos, and animation to children in a format that mimics the classic television show.
I recently had the chance to chat with first lady Daniels about her favorite books, her thoughts on the importance of reading rituals, and how she's helping to ensure that the children of Indiana grow up as successful readers.
I was honored to recently have the chance to chat with Walter Dean Myers about his position as National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, his own background, and his dreams for our nation's children.
"What you realize -- and this is the thing about kids -- is that you can read the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and they still love it. It gives you lifelong connections that you can't even begin to imagine."
"Through reading, parents create the foundation that will allow their children to fulfill their potential in all things in life. If their children are successful in reading, then they are going to be successful in school -- and eventually in life."
The transition from third to fourth grade has long been seen as the bridge between "learning to read" to "reading to learn." Unfortunately, millions of American children fail to cross this bridge on time.
One of the keys to successful parenting and laying a strong foundation for a child, is parental involvement. Although Bethenny is a business wonder woman, she still finds time for reading to her daughter.
It's rare that a single vote could decimate an entire segment of America's nonprofit sector and place millions of children and families in jeopardy, but that's exactly what's at stake with Amendment 4697.