Dear Parents, Relatives, Teachers, Mentors, and Friends, Other than food, shelter, and clothing, reading is the very next best thing that you can do for your children to prepare them for their future. Not only does reading enrich the mind but it helps young personalities grow and bloom into a sense of purpose with an understanding of what life is about. Readers are truly leaders in all walks of life, and the gift of reading is a legacy for a lifetime. How do I know this? I am certain of these facts by the way my mother cultivated reading in my development and gave me the gift of having an infinite number of teachers in books and stories. I was not place bound because of where I lived. From my early years I traveled and learned about new people, countries, and cultures though books. I read biographies, learned about saints and sinners, and enjoyed silly stories as one of my favorite pastimes through reading. I read out loud, to my mother, to my dolls, and even to my cats if they were a willing audience. But in fact, all the time, I was reading to and for myself….