I love to read. I read a little of just about everything. One reason I like to read is because I grew up with parents who liked to read. My mom read to me when I was little. My dad constantly had books and science fiction magazines laying around.
Another reason is because of a show called Reading Rainbow. It was amazing. As a kid I was introduced to a much wider variety of books than just the ones at home. Science, science fiction, mechanics, fantasy, fairy tales and mystery novels are awesome but there was a whole…well, Rainbow of topics that were not readily available at home. (My parents were never big on the classics for example.)
I would have missed out on so many wonderful stories if not for Reading Rainbow. And now there is a kick starter to bring this story strong resource to more kids. True it seems mostly to be an online thing, but so many kids have internet access today that this is probably the best way to reach the most kids. It will also be available in classrooms and free to those schools that could not otherwise afford it.
Reading Rainbow still has the magic to encourage kids to read. While I was watching this kick starter video my son was playing loudly in the other room. As soon as the music started he went quiet and was stand next to me seconds later. The gift of books and knowledge of the written word is a powerful thing. With it, you truly can “go anywhere”.