The Importance of Literacy by K.N. Smith
Reading is very critical in a child’s life. And eventually, that child becomes an adult who will need to read all sorts of things during their entire lifetime. Setting the foundation early is crucial. What’s also important is to make reading fun for children, who will then seek leisure and pleasure reading throughout their lives. Being made to read can be unpleasant, but if it’s a family affair it seems to be more accepted and natural. We also have access to wonderful community resources including libraries and other children’s reading events to get kids interested, as well as their parents.
Studies show that a large number of children have below average reading skills by the time they’re in 3rd grade, and this presents a national education problem. Schools everywhere are grappling with this trend, which is really a shared responsibility of the parents and the school. Being hands-on and involved with children is important to their success. Parents can learn to find fun ways to read to their children, daily if possible. We all need to remember, these are our future professionals in the greater society, so each of us should try to contribute even in small ways.
Regarding adults and lifelong learning, reading and writing go hand-in-hand. Just picking up the daily paper or reading online can boost one’s ability to become a strong writer. You’ll see all kinds of words and phrases that you may not have seen before, and it’s interesting and exciting to discover new things. Reading gives writers ideas, and they can take those ideas and turn them into something special amongst the pages. Who knows? That little child in the library listening to story time may just be a great novelist waiting to happen!
The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!
The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.
We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)
Praise for The Urban Boys:
“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media
“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews
“I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers
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K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.