To ask other readers questions about the gifts of reading please sign up be the first to ask a question about the gifts of reading its taken me far too long to write a simple review for this short but enjoyable essay its about the friendships we make through books and how books can . The list of what a child needs in order to flourish is short but nonnegotiable food shelter play love something else too and its meted out in even less equal measure words a child . From the acclaimed author of the old ways and landmarks an essay on the joy of reading for anyone who has ever loved a book every book is a kind of gift to its reader and the act of giving books is charged with a special emotional resonance. The gift like so many gifts was a book and the book was given to me by a man called don with whom i became friends in beijing during the autumn and winter of 2000 don and i were working as english literature teachers in a university on the west side of the city third ring road out. Attentive to the causes of illiteracy in quebec the foundation created the gift of reading program in 1999 this initiative targets underprivileged children aged 0 12 from across quebec with a view to preventing reading and writing difficulties that can lead to dropping out of school and then illiteracy
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