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Celebrities and organizations have advocated on the importance of education and literacy, especially for children, for many years. Check out the books celebs recommend and the organizations helping to keep education a top priority.


Emma Roberts

Over the past year, actress Emma Roberts has not only had a baby, but also recommended some great reads for her fans. The Holidate (2020) star has recommended:

  1. Outlawed by Anna North (2021)
  2. Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion (2021)
  3. The Lightness: A Novel by Emily Temple (2020)
  4. Luster by Raven Leilani (2020)
  5. The Book of V.: A Novel by Anna Solomon (2020)
  6. Writers & Lovers by Lily King (2020)
Roberts recommends a book a month via social media, so if you're ever on the hunt, make sure to check out the celeb's Insta.

Stephen Colbert

While in his Proust Questionnaire with Vanity Fair, The Late Show (2015-) host Stephen Colbert revealed he's one of the biggest book junkies.

When asked what his most treasured possession is the television personality answered with,

"First edition books."

When asked who his favorite writers are, Colbert answered:

"J.R.R. Tolkien, J.D. Salinger, Robertson Davies, George Saunders, Larry Niven, Henry Kuttner, and Isaac Asimov"

The Obamas

On top of their personal memoirs, A Promised Land (2020) and Becoming (2018), the former President and First Lady of the United States have lists of favorite reads.

For 2020 alone, former President Barack Obama recommended:

  1. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwim (2005)
  2. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (2019)
  3. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)
  4. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (2016)
  5. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)

For the full list, check out: https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2020/october/ba...

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has recommended:

  1. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977)
  2. Educated by Tara Westover (2018)
  3. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (2018)
  4. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2017)
  5. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)

Emma Watson

Emma Watson is a major reader, taking to her Instagram to post some of her favorite literary works. This year alone, the Little Women (2019) actress has recommended:

  1. Sex & World Peace by Mary Caprioli, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Chad F. Emmett, and Valerie M. Hudson (2012)
  2. Untamed by Glennon Doyle (2020)
  3. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay (2017)
  4. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (2013)
  5. Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity by C. Riley Snorton (2017)

Watson also promotes articles on race and activism via social media and has partnered with various organizations to promote the well-being of individuals globally.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde is a momma who loves promoting good reads for kids. The filmmaker recommends reading I Want My Hat Back (2011) by Jon Klassen for a cute bedtime story. During the day, fans may spot the actress at The Last Bookstore with her fam.

For a more adult read, Wilde has taken to her Instagram to promote director Miranda July's autobiography Miranda July (2020).

Save With Stories

Numerous other organizations are dedicated to promoting education and literacy.

Wilde amongst numerous other celebrities have worked with Save With Stories. Save With Stories is a branch of Save the Children and partner of No Kid Hungry. The organization's website states,

"we're offering stories on Instagram and Facebook to provide fun and education to kids and parents stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak."

For more information, check out: https://support.savethechildren.org/site/Donation2...

Room to Read

Room to Read is a global non-profit organization that focuses on improving literacy and gender equality in education.

For more info, make sure to check out: https://www.roomtoread.org/

First Book

One of the many organizations supported by the late night host is First Book. First Book's mission statement reads,

"Significant barriers stand in the way for kids in low-income communities, including scarce books and learning materials and a lack of diversity in the books that do reach them. Even their most basic needs go unmet. First Book's mission is to remove these barriers so every child has the chance to learn."

For more information, check out: https://firstbook.org/

Everybody Wins!

Everybody Wins! is a volunteer-work based non-profit organization. The non-profit's cause is to promote children's literacy and invoke a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring mentors.

For more information, please check out: https://everybodywinsdc.org/

Book Fairies Worldwide

One of the organizations Watson has partnered with is Book Fairies Worldwide. Book Fairies help promote reading by sharing good finds globally. The organization describe their activism stating,

"Book fairies are people who, when they've finished reading a good book, want a unique and fun way to pass it on to the next person. They pop an official book fairy sticker on it, which reads 'take this book, read it & leave it for the next person to enjoy', and they might even add a ribbon to dress it up as a gift. When they've prepared their gift, they will hide it in public to be found…"

For more information, check out: https://ibelieveinbookfairies.com/

Many of these organizations are always looking for a helping hand from donations to mentorships. For this year's Reading Across America, make sure to give these organizations and books a peek, you may get inspired by the millions of stories out there.

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess and Happy National Reading Across America Day to all!

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