The Impact of a First Book and Art Projects for Children
Stories of people like Walt Disney and J.K. Rowling remind us of what can happen when ordinary people dare to dream big. So much of the creative imagination in people starts early, in our formative childhood years, and most often by reading books and creating art.
Yet too many of our children do not have access to books – and so they have less opportunity to dream big, to dream beyond themselves, and in the process to discover themselves as well. The great Oxford literary scholar C.S. Lewis described the experience this way:
“In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself…. I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see…. I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”
First Book is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that encourages reading and helps create the great minds of tomorrow. They provide equal access to quality education and provide the resources young kids need to succeed.
As they note on their website, “In low income neighborhoods, the ratio is one book for every 300 children and price is the number one barrier to book ownership.” Providing books creates a sense of belonging, creates confidence, and offers an opportunity. Reading broadens the minds of the children they serve, and helps inspire the aspirations of becoming a writer, artist, thinker, and inventor.
First Book is increasing diversity and promoting inclusivity through children’s stories by providing books that are relevant to their lives. Children’s Art Guild, the other beneficiary of this week’s Collection, does the same through art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” By supporting this week’s Sevenly campaign you are providing two books to a child and helping kids gain access to the best of artistic expression, encouraging them to dream and live uniquely in the world.
Education inspires action and provides a child with the experiences they need to help make the world better. Self-discovery is an important concept to develop at an early age. First Book and Children’s Art Guild are helping to encourage that, for which we can all be grateful.
Contributed by Alexx Altman