Dear Read It Global Readers,
We know physical fitness is an important component for overall well-being. We know if you exercise, it helps you focus better, sleep better, eat better, and feel better. All these make you a better student, and that, I always say, is more important than what you do in sports. Yes, even after being a first round NFL draft pick with an eight year career in the big leagues, my message to you is: school before sports. It’s simple, sports ends, even if you make it to the pros, but the impact of education on your life is forever.
A lot of you may know about the NFL’s PLAY 60 initiative. You’ve seen public service announcements during prime time football games with kids and NFL stars having fun together just “playing”. Two years ago I approached a friend in the NFL’s head office and suggested the league expand its message to include another important daily regimen: READ 20.
Educators (and millions of parents) already know that reading 20 minutes a day is the established break-point for making all of you better students, and better human beings. Studies have shown that kids who READ 20 not only develop more empathy for others, they also perform better in every academic subject, not just reading and history, but science and math.
What? Yes, which is why I’ve come to call reading “Weightlifting for your Brain”. The wonderful thing about both reading and playing is that they’re FUN. (Or supposed to be!) Unlike weightlifting to become a better athlete (a grueling endeavor), weightlifting for the brain, should be as pleasant as playing for 60 on the playground. That’s a big part of my message: reading should be fun.
I tell the thousands of kids I speak to each year that if they don’t love a book after the first five chapters to put it down (unless it’s a school assignment). I hope you’ll do the same. As you grow older, you’ll realize that there aren’t a lot of things that greatly benefit us that don’t involve struggle and sacrifice. READ20 should be something you look forward to, and that’s my biggest goal as a writer: to give you stories with great characters (guys and girls), action, and short chapters that end in cliff-hangers that keep you turning pages.
I hope you enjoy my books, but if you don’t, look around until you find an author whose books you love and KEEP READING!