I need more pictures to post on Family Voices (https://www.facebook.com/ozarksfamilyvoices). After the first ask I received some tremendous shots of parents, grandparents, and even a big brother reading to littles. It was a wonderful start, but I want a much larger collection — dozens, hundreds. I want diversity. Please send me pictures of families all over the world, reading to their children. To some who follow my blog — Shan Shanti, Kenneth Tumusiime, Silindile Ntuli-Nxasane, Zafar Rashid, Richard Lungu, Pote Chinavarakul, Zivka Llic, Lupupa Mumba Msisha, Daniela Alejandra Fuentes, Jhadijeaart A. Hassan and many others — if you have pictures you might share, or know someone in your country who can, I extend a special invitation. Closer to home, I invite my gay friends and friends of color to help me present a full story here. Also, please consider following Family Voices to lend your support and widen the circle of potential readers among young parents and those who are in positions of influence.
We can talk until we’re blue about the importance of reading to our kids, but nothing tells it like a good picture. It doesn’t matter who is doing the reading. One mother we recorded for Family Voices brought her small child and his big brother. In broken English she explained that she didn’t read English well but her son did, and so Mama held the little one and looked on proudly while big brother did the reading.
I sometimes state in the post who the people in the picture are (when I have them) though usually I use the picture without identification and add a few words of my own to go with it.
If you have an anecdote of your own about the reading, or a good quote about the importance of reading to children, or supporting evidence in a book, journal, etc., I would love to hear it. Maybe I can use it with the picture. In any case I would like to have the names in case I do use them, and for sure I need permission in writing to allow me to use the picture. Again, many thanks.