It’s not coincidence that #ReadABook Day falls this month. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared September National Literacy Month and, with it, come many days dedicated to the promotion of reading. In addition to today, September 8th marks International Literacy Day. The theme for the conference, held in France this year, is “Literacy in the Digital World.” The goal is to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.
While researching for this article, I was surprised to learn that over 775 million adults lack minimum literacy skills. The statistic is that one in five adults are illiterate and two-thirds of those are women. To bring awareness to this issue and to advocate for reading and literacy, UNESCO began National Literacy Month in 1946.
Today, I created a book recommendations list of YA books including characters that struggle to read or are illiterate and tell you about some organizations that you can support in the fight against illiteracy.