BOOKs! & News 10 1/30/13




“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time ― proof that humans can work magic.” 

― Carl Sagan
Yes they are!!!  BOOKS ARE MAGICAL!  They can whisk you away on journeys to unimaginable lands, teach you amazing things you never thought possible, and even change how you feel about any number of subjects.

Which makes books a fundamental part of a child’s development.  stack of books
Here’s what we KNOW.  By the time they’re in 3rd grade, children shift from  learning to read, to reading to learn.  It’s a critical time for youngsters, one of those rare points when they can either be a lifetime learner, or end up struggling through the rest of their classroom years.    It’s a tipping point that can affect their entire lives… and we can do something to  tip the scales in favor of strong kids who are lifetime learners.

News10’s Reading Connects program has partnered with the Sacramento Public Library to make sure our children NEVER fall behind, in school or in life.  We want to teach them the same love of reading that we have, but we need your help.

How can we make this program effective?  We want your ideas, your feedback, your anecdotes.  Tell us what would help your child learn to love reading more.  Tells us what might help another just as much.  As we say in our station brainstorming sessions: THERE ARE NO BAD IDEAS.

Share your ideas with me.  Email me directly at    We want our kids to excel.  Won’t you help us??



Mellisa Paul
News10 Community Liaison, Sac & Co Host

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