Celebrating Bookstores: It’s here! The #loveyourbookstore campaign, spearheaded by Dominique Raccah, publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks has begun. The challenge: Between November 10-16, go to your favorite bookstore, take a picture inside the store of your favorite book — or bookseller! Post on social media using the hashtag #loveyourbookstore. You can add a quote too! When you post, you’ll be entered to win some fabulous bookish prizes. Feel free to tag us when you do, so all of us at MUF can share tips on our favorite places to shop for great books.
The Benefits of Books: Not like we didn’t already know this, but new research supports the theory that children who grow up with books surrounding them at home grow up to be more literate adults The study is called Scholarly Culture: How Books in Adolescence Enhance Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Technology Skills in 31 Societies. Researchers analyzed data from 160,000 adults in 31 different countries and concluded that: “Growing up with home libraries boosts adult skills in these areas beyond the benefits accrued from parental education or own educational or occupational attainment.” The study, spearheaded by Dr. Joanna Sikora of Australian National University, showed that even adults who didn’t receive a university education but did grow up with a home library of at least 80 books showed on par literacy levels with those who went to university but didn’t grow up with books.