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National Ambassador Kate DiCamillo on the Joy of Summer Reading

As the school year begins winding down, DiCamillo is spreading the word about the importance of summer reading and public libraries. She’s even suggested a few books to kick off children’s summer reading.

If you can read, you can do anything you want to do in this world. It opens the door to everything. You can teach yourself anything. It is also interactive. When you are reading a book and the character picks up a pencil and moves it on the desk, all the synapses in your brain that would fire if you are actually picking up the pencil yourself, fire so even though you are reading about it, it’s interactive. There is just so much to gain from reading. There is not only the educational part — it’s the emotional part too. You can learn about yourself and other people. (TIME for Kids)

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