More than 774 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) cannot read or write, reports the International Reading Association, an organization of literacy professionals. Roughly 123 million children worldwide lack those same skills, and are often denied any access to education. It is for this reason and more that International Literacy Day was established on September 8th 1965 by UNESCO, the educational branch of the United Nations. The organization says that literacy is a right and a foundation for lifelong learning, better well-being, and livelihoods.
“Literacy is much more than an educational priority it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the twenty-first century,” notes Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO. “We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy.”
To support International Literacy Day on September 8th, here are 16 pets who want to read with you! Check out their library selections:
So. Much. Pun. 1 of 17
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To Kill a Mockingbird 2 of 17
Books can be so inspiring. In fact, I'm going to go kill a mockingbird.
Mansfield Bark 3 of 17
Ugh, that Mr. Crawford is such a dog.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH 4 of 17
Do not disagree with The Plan.
The Catcher in the Rye 5 of 17
Shh ... I'm trying to find the part where they play catch.
The Cuckoo’s Calling 6 of 17
Imma go get that bird as soon as I'm done with this chapter.
Go Dog Go 7 of 17
Slow down there, son. I'll read to you as soon as I'm done checking the scores.
The Lovely Bones 8 of 17
Bones? Who's got a bone? I want one!
The Razor’s Hedge 9 of 17
Elliott Templeton is a rather prickly character.
The Book Thief 10 of 17
He's reading Rip Van Winkle. That Washington Irving sure could write a page-turner.
Cat’s Cradle 11 of 17
Go put some of that ice-nine in my water bowl, would ya? It's getting warm.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma 12 of 17
I shouldn't have eaten that last sneaker.
Catch 22 13 of 17
... is not about a tennis ball?
Things Fall Apart 14 of 17
I did not eat this book. It just fell apart.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 15 of 17
I am the Grim. Fear me.
Flowers for Algernon 16 of 17
Well, that was disturbing.
Fifty Shades of Hay 17 of 17
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