half-blotted by darkness, something moving
across that space, the color of stone
greeting the moon, yet more than stone:
a woman. I choose to walk here. And to draw this circle."
Assistant Editorial Director
It's always nice when our authors get positive feedback on their books — and it's even nicer when they share it with their editors! One of the most rewarding parts of being an editor is knowing someone, somewhere (maybe even all the way around the world!) is enjoying a book you worked on. Check out the nice email one of our authors Cari Meister received about her books:
I just want to let you know that my 3-year-old son totally loves your books! He especially adores the monsters (Snorp, Three Claws, Moopy and Ora) in the Monsters series. Keep writing, and remember, somewhere in another part of the world, your books are making children smile and keeping them happy before they go to bed every night.
Alex & his 3-year-old son Kieran
• According to the latest data (2009), 793 million adults – two thirds of them women – lack basic reading and writing skills. Included in this statistic are 127 million youth aged 15-24. (UNESCO)
• Since 1985, the female adult literacy rate has risen 15%, which is about double the growth of the male literacy rate in the same time period. (UNESCO)
• On tests involving 4,500 to 10,000 students in 43 countries, half of the girls said they read for at least thirty minutes a day, compared with less than one-third of the boys. (UNESCO)
• In sub-Saharan Africa, girls have less than a 50% chance of finishing primary school. In some Asian countries, girls also struggle: 41% of girls in Pakistan and 30% in India fail to finish primary school. (results.org)
• A majority of youth in American public schools cannot read or do math at grade level in the 4th, 8th or 12th grades. (“The State of America’s Children 2011,” a report by the Children’s Defense Fund)
• A child born to a mother who can read is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5 than a child born to an illiterate woman. (UNESCO)
UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
© LitWorld, 2012
I'll read to myself,
I'll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.
I'll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.
Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
'Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.
So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day.
-Debra Angstead, Missouri-NEA