"Reading is the ultimate weapon,
destroying ignorance, poverty, and despair before they can destroy us. A nation that doesn't read much doesn't know much. And a nation that doesn't know much is more likely to make poor choices in the home, the marketplace, teh jury box, and the voting booth. And those decisions ultimately affect an entire nation- the literate and the illiterate."
Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook