When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

You Can Improve Your Country

A simple way you can improve your country, regardless of where you live.

Encouraging you to improve your country through reading on near a river.
Encouragement to improve the future through reading of your country on Near a River. In this picture, a two year old enjoys “reading” BJ’s book Near a River.

America is a great place to live, but not a great place for a child to learn to read.

Studies  show these facts:

  • 44 million US adults can’t read a simple story to their children.
  • Half of US adults can’t read a book written at 8th grade level.
  • Three out of four people on welfare can’t read at all.
  • Three out of five people in prison can’t read.
  • 85% of youths involved in crime have reading problems.
  • 50% of Americans can’t read prescription drug labels.

How do some states figure out how many prison beds will be needed in the future?  They base their figures in part on how well current K-5 students can read.

Here is my message to everyone.

To change your country, READ, READ, and READ to and with kids.

Improve your country and your world!

Start reading to them right after birth.  The more you read to a child, the better he reads when he gets older.

His reading skills will help him stay out of prison.  His reading skills will enable him to support himself.

Parents, if you do not read well enough to read with your kids, the library has books on tape for kids. Books on tape can help both you and your child to learn to read.  I taught myself to read at age 3 with books on tape.

Turn off the tv. Turn off electronics.  And READ books!

Please read books to young kids every day.  Read books with older kids every day.  Read books yourself every day.

Reading will help make the future of your world brighter.

BJ challenges every reader to buy any good book and give it to a library, school, or child.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  Read books every day and improve the country’s future!

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If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!

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Wow, it is amazing that so many are unable to read. My wife was reading to both of our girls soon after their births! Both went on to get their Bachelors and Masters Degrees and are now teachers who have a passion for children’s education. As an avid reader myself I can’t imagine the blessings I would have missed over the years by not being able to read.


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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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