Choncho the Pig and I would like to wish everyone a Happy International Children’s Book Day! Reading my favorite children’s books was a highlight in my childhood, a bigger highlight was to read children’s books to my children and to finally become an author to my own children’s book was the topping on the cake.

Reading to a child especially in the early years is so important. It helps to create memories and wonderful bondng moments. It helps them to escape in their imagination. It helps to build creativity. It helps them to see the importance of reading a book.

In these days where COVID-19 has kept many children home and away from the needed socialization from their families who live outside their homes, school classroom, attending religious activities or venues or even friends at a park. Reading a book can give children the needed escape from the isolation.

As stated by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, “Children’s lives and routines have been turned upside down in just a few short weeks. Even when the outside world is out of bounds for now, reading can remind children and young people that the transportive power of books is unlimited.”

So pick up a book and read to the special child in your life or buy them a book you know they will love. It will be a memory the will cherish as will you.

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