You may recognize Kathy Kinney from her role as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show. I know her as a literacy advocate and lover of books! Read more about her Be-a-Famous Writer contest happening now with loads of fabulous prizes for kids! The following is an original post from Kathy’s blog, which she gave us permission to post on Learning Personalized! – Allison Zmuda
Giving the Gift of Reading is Beyond Valuable!
Even though my mother never finished high school she was a reader and she passed her love of it on to me – and I do so love to read. She took me to the library, and provided me with access to those books, and they became a big part of me.
As a child if I loved a book I would re-read it once a year. Some of my yearly favorites were: Cheaper By the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth, Jr and his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Carey; Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein.
It might seem like an odd combination of books – two biographies and a fantasy tale but what they had in common was living life in a fun, creative and adventurous way. That was the kind of life I wanted as a child and it is the kind of life I created for myself and lead now that I am grown. And that is what the library provided to me, a gift that stretched my imagination and developed a life long love of reading.
That’s why I created my Be-a-Famous Writer contest, to help stretch the imaginations of young students. This year the theme is Libraries! What could be a better word for K-4 students to write about? Just look at the images of these libraries! I can think of a lot of stories just by looking at these, and maybe your students will too!
I read everyday for entertainment, comfort and to keep my imagination toned and ever ready for my next adventure. Giving someone the gift of reading is beyond valuable and thanks to our libraries it’s free. So why not share the gift of reading with every man, woman and child you know – and of course don’t forget to gift yourself. Get a library card!
And if you are teacher, be sure to bookmark my writing contest. It is open for entries starting September 1st and run to November 15th. It’s free to enter. The winners of the writing contest get to build their own library, as their classroom is filled with books in every format from my amazing sponsors.
Here are some fun books about the library to use as inspiration to get your students excited about writing their own story!