Four Books That Celebrate Reading

“Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.”  ‒UNESCO Director-General

International Literacy Day was founded in 1966 to promote the idea that literacy can empower communities and individuals. Celebrate the power of words and books by picking up one of these meaningful reads.


My Reading Life
Author: Pat Conroy
Read By: Pat Conroy

Bestselling author Pat Conroy acknowledges the books that have shaped him and celebrates the profound effect reading has had on his life. 
Listen to an excerpt My Reading Life

.
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Author: Azar Nafisi
Read By: Azar Nafisi

“An eloquent brief on the transformative powers of fiction.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Listen to an excerpt Reading Lolita in Tehran

.
Books for Living
Author: Will Schwalbe
Read By: Jeff Harding

“A sweet and utterly restorative series of vignettes about how books—the right books, at the right times—can not only deepen a life but save it.”
—The Christian Science Monitor
Listen to an excerpt Books for Living

.
Reading with Patrick
Author: Michelle Kuo
Read By: Michelle Kuo

A memoir of race, inequality, and the power of literature, told through the life-changing friendship between an idealistic young teacher and her gifted student, jailed for murder in the Mississippi Delta.
Listen to an excerpt Reading With Patrick

.