Do you recognize these characters? A lot of kids these days might not for one unhappy reason.

It's my favorite thing to do. Second-fave is deciding what to read next.

It might have had something to do with this guy*.


Obviously, this video makes the 9-year-old inside me want to boogie.

But as I watched this, I couldn't help but wonder ... what if I didn't recognize any of these amazing characters from my childhood? What if books were never put into my hands as a kid? That's a reality for many children, and with some pretty big consequences. According to

Reading Is Fundamental:

"Experts estimate that nearly 40 percent of U.S. 4th graders do not achieve basic levels of reading proficiency."

But it doesn't have to be that way. Either through small gestures like giving a kid you know your favorite childhood book or big things such as volunteering at a local school to read to kids through literacy programs like this one in NYC, we can ensure the next generation rocks out just as hard to this video.

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Suni Lee, 18, a Team USA member from Minnesota, became the Olympic all-around gymnastics champion on Thursday night.

"It feels super crazy, I definitely didn't think I'd be here in this moment with the gold medal," Lee said after her win. "I'm just super proud of myself for making it here because there was a point in time when I wanted to quit."

Lee may be proud of herself, but she is just as excited to share the victory with the Hmong community and her father. Lee is the first Hmong American athlete to ever compete in the Olympics and the first Asian American to win the gold in the Olympics' all-around competition.

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