A group of volunteers including parents, readers, educators, librarians, writers, young people, along with book and magazine publishers, collaborated in 2008, discussing a plan to make Canada a country of people that appreciate literature. Since then, three national summits have occurred in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, organized by these volunteers.
Summit for Literature
The organized summits opened the door of opportunity of discovery to national reading plans around the world. Brazil to the Netherlands has innovative ideas ready to uncover including the best of the modern programs, which Canada already has in place. The summits also brought more literature enthusiasts together, gathering well over one hundred participants to create more unique reading strategies. The National Reading Campaign was inducted in 2012 as a nonprofit organization.
A National Priority
Literature for Canadians, both young and old, is a national priority. Some organizations like this were created just to sustain, create and help Canadians evolve as a literary society. Everyone should have an opportunity to become, and remain a lifelong reader.
Positive Implications of Reading
A group of behavioral scientists, Janice M. Keenan, Stefan Samuelsson, Richard Olson and Brian Byrne, did a behavior study on groups of twins, just to evaluate how genetics affect reading proficiencies. It was a natural experiment; unique in its focus to distinguish how twins have differences and similarities in genetic reading and related skills. Studies were performed in shared environments with books in the home, shared teachers, peers, positive family support for reading, and classrooms. These genetic studies of reading were done for over two decades, and the results were important to Canadian literacy.
The study proved that on an average, it was relatively obvious that the first year of formal literary lessons, genetic differences seemed natural. There were studies completed on identical and fraternal twins in Australia, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and Colorado and Florida, in the United States. The age of study varied between the end of first grade and by 9 years. Genetic and shared environment influences seemed less consistent, but positive environmental influences on literary growth were high.
It was also discovered that the relevant genes will depend, at least partially, on the specific reading and related skills being provided. Some of the skills included were word decoding, verbal comprehension and reading comprehension.
Lifelong Reading Begins Early
The study goes to prove that implementing early reading skills in children will help them to continue with an interest in literacy. In order to strengthen the interest in young Canadians, and keep that interest evolving, programs like the National Reading Campaign are importance.