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A Valentine to Reading

Yesterday I called for sharing love on Valentine's Day by reading with children. It seems that some New Mexico politicians had the same idea. A press release said that "(t)his Valentine's Day, Sen. Pete Domenici, U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson and state Sen. Leonard Tsosie are sharing their love for books and reading with children participating in Save the Children's in-school and after-school literacy programs in New Mexico."

The lawmakers wrote a "Valentine to reading" that will be posted in school classrooms across the state. Senator Domenici wrote on his Valentine, "I love to learn. Reading provides my mind with the exercise it needs to be prepared and efficient. It allows me to gain new perspective as well as learn about things that are out of my everyday life. Reading helps me to harden my knowledge and sparks new ideas. My favorite book is Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola." How cool is that? You can find out more about these "Valentines to reading" in the press release.

So I will reiterate what I said yesterday. This Valentine's Day, give the children in your life the gift of loving to read. You can do this by telling them how much you love to read, and by telling them that you think reading is wonderful and important. And you can read aloud with them, today and every day. This will bring you closer to the children you read with, and will give them a Valentine that will last a lifetime. Happy Valentine's Day! -- Jen

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