"'A truly inspirational book, full of very quotable quotes about books and reading. Very readable, it makes an ideal handbook for parents, with hints and tips on how to motivate children to read. It also considers ways in which reading empowers the individual and the benefits of reading to health and wellbeing. A treasure chest of ideas for those working with children and young people, it will ring many bells with professionals who seek to promote reading in all its aspects.' Delyth Humphreys, National Year of Reading 2008 Wales Coordinator 'This book is full of reasons why reading is a must for all -babies, children and adults. Reading will extend our imagination, bring our dreams to life and enrich our vocabulary. In the first seven chapters, the author draws on extensive research to answer our questions on 'why read'? The quotes on reading, including those of great men and women through the ages further gives credence to the fact that reading has always been recognized as a quality and life changing activity for everyone. Chapters 8 and 9 tackle the all important challenge of getting our children and youth to read. Many parents and carers have run out of reasons and explanations to encourage their youngsters to read. Like me, you should memorize every word in this section and thus armed, return to battle. The results this time will be amazing.' Esther Okwok, College Librarian, London 'The author makes an impassioned plea to you through these pages to take reading seriously. She reminds us of how reading has the potential to shape and enhance our thinking, to guide us, people of all ages, to achieve our full potential. In this modern age of electronic entertainment, a challenge comes to pick up books and improve ourselves and our children. This is a wonderfully refreshing voice against the backdrop of 24-7 T.V.' Graham Reilly, Primary School Teacher, Sidcup Kent "
Yomi Akinpelu was born in Leeds in the 1960s. She holds a Masters degree in Medical Immunology from the College of Medicine, University of London and has worked for a postgraduate college of medicine in London for over a decade. Yomi is a wordsmith, passionate about the way words are used, books, healing and health. Following her passion and a career change she now works as a publishing editor for a Kent based publishing house. She is the author of three books; A Matter of Life & Death - The Power of your words, The Wholesome Truth About Healing, Read and Soar, all available as paperbacks and ebooks. She has appeared several times on cable television talking about healing, health and reading. Yomi lives with her husband and three children in Kent and is available for interviews and to write feature articles as well as guest blogs.