First National Readathon Day Celebrated in Frederick

- FREDERICK, Md.- Some would say that reading is a basic skill, but according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 36 percent of American adults are either at or below the basic reading proficiency.

"I think there are huge benefits to reading whether you're an infant or a senior, we all need to keep reading. I think it’s how we learn about our world. That's how we develop empathy for other people, for other cultures, and I think it's a good escape," said Marlene England, co-owner of the Curious Iguana.

Saturday marked the first National Readathon Day that encouraged Americans to sit down, pick up a book and read for four hours.

"Reading really is a time to just be still and focus on something else for a change," said England.

It's also a day to reflect on the importance of getting kids excited about reading and to start reading to them when they're young.

"It’s one of the number one things you can do for your kid because it not only teaches them to read and learn, it teaches them to imagine," said Kelly Kennedy, co-author of the children’s book "Turbo the Flying Dog.”

To help kids use their imaginations, the local authors and star of "Turbo the Flying Dog," stopped by the Curious Iguana to share Turbo’s story about his adventures.

"Turbo the Flying Dog developed when we rescued this little guy from West Virginia. It was a four hour drive so instead of driving, my husband and I flew to pick him up and he's been flying with us ever since," said Victoria Zajko, co-author of "Turbo the Flying Dog.”


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