Seriously, reading is the best thing on the planet.
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*.
<p> <img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTQ5MjY1OS9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzNDY5MTk3OH0.piQ_htgFXtx2XbTshW-1lgJpHSw9WPYE5M0ZS5HbWLc/img.gif?width=980" id="93851" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="2a8e5f281cfeb9c4ee8d151e7e66dee7" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></p><p> Obviously, this video makes the 9-year-old inside me want to boogie.</p> <span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e76265307088494e5726bcd92132b021"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pg8c1_RxymM?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p> 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 </p><p> <a href="http://readingisfundamental.org/us/about/literacy-issues.htm" target="_blank">Reading Is Fundamental</a>:</p><h2>"Experts estimate that nearly 40 percent of U.S. 4th graders do not achieve basic levels of reading proficiency."</h2><p> 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 <a href="http://www.behindthebook.org/" target="_blank">this one in NYC</a>, we can ensure the next generation rocks out just as hard to this video.</p>
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