National Readathon Day is Saturday, January 24

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The National Book Foundation and Penguin Random House are encouraging you to make #TimeToRead tomorrow between Noon and 4 p.m. (in your respective time zone). 40% of American adults are at or below basic reading proficiency and 14% are illiterate. Additionally, 53% of 9-year-olds read daily—with that number dropping to only 19% by the time they turn 17.

National Readathon Day is meant to save the bookworms and inspire reading for pleasure. If you choose to donate through FirstGiving, proceeds will support education programs like BookUp—an afterschool reading program that has donated over 25,000 books to middle schoolers.

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What will you be doing tomorrow between Noon and 4? We certainly hope you’ll be reading like us! Post what you’ll be reading in the comments and send us your photos! Remember to tag them with #TimetoRead. Happy Reading!

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