Give a child a book

The Common Sense Media reports that 22 percent of 13 year olds and 27 percent of 17 year olds say they “hardly ever” or never read for pleasure.

Frank Bruni, a New York Times columnist, is dismayed by those statistics.

“When it comes to books, I’m relentless,” he writes. “I’m incessantly asking my nephews and nieces what they’re reading and why they’re not reading more. I hurl novels at them and also at friends’ children. Never have I spent money with fewer regrets.”

I’m following Bruni’s example. I am going to buy books for all the children I know.