UNICEF reports that although globally youth literacy is increasing, regional and gender disparities persist. The good news is that over the last two decades youth literacy rates increased from 83 per cent to 91 per cent and the number of illiterate youth declined from 170 million to 115 million.
However, young women accounted for a higher percentage of the illiterate at 59 per cent of the total illiterate youth population.
At CUSWF, we are working to improve literacy for girls and women. Reading to a child in the first few years of a child's life is essential for developing language skills and literacy. Instilling a love of reading will open doors to a brighter future.
Here are some of our favorite books that will inspire your little ones to love reading.
Lovable Elmo and his friends are a joyful way to get your child reading. We love the colorful characters and how Sesame Street brings them to life in happy educational stories. For toddlers on up.
Your children will love to read Mo Willems' charming stories of elephant Gerald and Piggie. The clever drawings and word play willy have your child returning to these books over and over to read aloud and laugh. Perfect for 4 to 8 year ol
Your children will have fun learning with the terrific Brain Quest series. From Pre-K all the way to grade 6 the Brain Quest Workbooks and 300 Question and Answer packs are a great way to learn the key skills for each grade.
Kids get excited to discover hidden images so these Look and Find books are a great way to make learning new words fun. They'll enjoy finding the hidden picture and putting the word with the image. For toddlers to 6 years old.
Bestselling author Jane O'Connor wrote only three Nina Ballerina books but your child won't want to put them down. These stories with charming illustrations help your child deal with jealousy, disappointment and copycats! Level 2 for 6-8 year old.
As Chief Development Officer at CUSWF, I'm passionate about our work to improve child literacy.
I was fortunate to have a mother who loved reading and shared that love with me. Often sitting together before bedtime in front of a roaring fire on cold winter nights in our small town in Ohio, we would read together. This love of reading drew me to work in publishing where I spent many happy years and fully began to understand the great importance of early reading skills.
One of my great pleasures is sharing my love of reading with little Esther. The joy of discovering a good story together, her laughter when she gets a joke, hearing her read her first words and watching as she picks up a book now instead of a video game fills my heart with joy.
When I asked Esther how she rated a new book, she replied beaming happily, "100 thumbs up!"
Above are some of Esther's favorite books with her "100 thumbs up" recommendation that may help to inspire your little ones to love reading.
We are partnering with publishers to donate books to schools in need.