Some people don’t think so.
As reported in Publishers Weekly and elsewhere, President Bush’s proposed 2009 budget eliminates all funding for RIF, which has provided more than 325 million books to underprivileged children since 1966.
I grew up in a reading family and it wasn’t until high school that I realized how unusual that apparently was, and the privilege I enjoyed. I am sure I would not be the person I am today if I had not been a reader from a young age and I’m already encouraging the younger generation of my family to join the reading club, mostly by keeping them well supplied with books. I highly doubt I’d be a literary agent if my parents had minded that I “borrowed” their library books before they had the opportunity to read the books themselves. Or if I had not had access to a generous school library. Reading habits start young.
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