KNTR – Kids Need To Read

Kids Need To Read

Kids need to read. Never a truer statement was made. In my “past life” I was a elementary school teacher. One of the many things teaching gave me is a profound insight on how children learn, interpret and acquire language. The language a child learns enables him/her to explore all different aspects of themselves and the world around them. When you think about it, the most successful people are the ones who are best able to be in command of words, whether they are writing, speaking or interpreting information.

Reading is not something a child learns by osmosis. It is a skill that is taught, for some children it is a skill picked up early on and quickly, for others it is more difficult. In either case children of all ages need constant exposure to all different types of literature.

When I was approached by the organization Kids Need To Read Foundation, my partner and I did not hesitate to support them. KNTR is an all volunteer group that was formed by children’s author PJ Haarsma and actor Nathan Fillion (Firefly/Serenity).

The goal of the KNTR foundation is to place as many books as possible in the hands of as many children as possible – thousands of books to libraries and schools have already been handed out. To furnish a new generation with the power to be found in the written word.

Browncoats are known among Sci Fi fans for persistence, organization and most of all for their big hearts. They are a passionate bunch and while they will always be dedicated to Joss Whedon, Firefly and Nathan Fillion (though not necessarily in that particular order) they are generally quite literate and have worked very hard to raise money for worthy causes. KNTR is one of those causes and we wish the continued success in the world and hope to continue to aide them in their work.

For information on how to volunteer, donate and support KNTR visit their website.

by Joy Poger

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Buzzy Lady #1 Joy Poger is the CEO & Co-Founder of Buzzy Multimedia Publishing. Please note than the last name is P-O-G-E-R not R-O-G-E-R although if you are Dreamworks or an exceptionally interesting individual I am sure she would let that sort of mistake slide. As much a Queens girl as Geraldine Ferraro or Nancy Reagan she is also an alumni of the same school that gave us such diverse people as Captain Kangaroo (Bob Keeshan), Jerry Springer, Simon & Garfunkel, Stan Lee and The Ramones…all of them. Leaving tenured teaching positions behind where she was adored and underpaid as all teachers are she decided to get in touch with her inner geek, throw all caution to the wind and founded Buzzy Multimedia Publishing. Anyone who can turn 30 undisciplined American kids into a functioning working unit with a look and a single line can handle the toughest of business situations.
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  • Thank you, Joy! All of us here at Kids Need to Read appreciate the support of Buzzy Multimedia. We are very passionate about our work to encourage a life-long love of reading in all children, and as you say, to discover “the power to be found in the written word.” Thank you for helping us fulfill our mission!


  • Lucinda

    Thanks for posting this! What a great idea. I don’t know how I would have survived grade school without lots of books. KNTR has a wonderful website, too.

  • i totally agree with the idea of this program! I would love to help. I love the idea of helping children to read. There are so many fun things out there for them to read, enjoy and learn from.


  • Jillian

    No truer words have been spoken. Kids today are so caught up in video games and text messages, that books are becoming nearly non existent in their world (beyond school). Reading is integral to learning, and it is unfortunate that there may come a time where it might have to be made mandatory. I don’t know too many children who willingly pick up a book to read for fun anymore, as I and my peers did when we were kids. I’m one of the few young people I know (I’m in my early twenties) who finds the time to read for enjoyment.

  • Kerry

    I agree with you completely, and totally 100 percent support you. I don’t know what I would have done as a child, if I hadn’t discovered the wonderful secret world that lay in books. I didn’t have many friends, and got teased a lot, so my escape was reading. I especially loved fantasy books, because in them, I could be the heroine leading an exciting life, not the skinny kid getting made fun of. Forgive my rambling, but I get passionate about what children are missing out on in this fast-paced computer drive society. Most parents use electronic babysitters. It’s a shame, really. Hand a child a good book, and it will open many amazing doors for him.

  • The CMO

    I, too, am very passionate about promoting reading in children. I have an extensive library for both of my boys and, when my youngest balked at reading books without pictures, I bought him comic-style books just so he was reading something. He now loves the Bone series and the Hellboy series. When I was a young girl I always had a book in my hand even though my parents could not afford to buy them for me (my library card was well used). As an adult I always have at least two books on the go. My dream is to one day publish a short story or novel.

  • This is a really important program and it is good to see so many people backing it 100 percent. It is hard for someone of my age and background to imagine a childhood without books. Books were sometimes the only refuge for me as a child. One that could never have been replaced by videogames.