Matt Ferraguto, Director of Communications for Reach Out and Read, sent me this:
PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF READING ALOUD TO CHILDREN!
In President Obama's Address last night to the Congress and the Nation, he specifically cited the importance of encouraging parents to read aloud to their children. Here is the relevant passage:
OBAMA: These education policies will open the doors of opportunity for our children, but it is up to us to ensure they walk through them.
In the end, there is no program or policy that can substitute for a parent, for a mother or father who will attend those parent-teacher conferences, or help with homework, or turn off the TV, put away the video games, read to their child.
I speak to you not just as a president, but as a father when I say that responsibility for our children's education must begin at home. That is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. That's an American issue.
How great is that? And right on the eve of the announcement of the Share A Story - Shape a Future Literacy Blog Tour, too. Maybe we should have asked President Obama to guest post on this topic. Though I wouldn't want to cut into his time spent reading with his kids...
Many thanks for sharing this, Matt!