As some of you know Lilly came up with a cool idea for her and Emma's blog. She wanted to read to other children to promote literacy. Well, I contacted about 40+ publishers to see if they would love to support Lilly's cause. We got a shipment of books in today from Baker's publishing!!! Thank you guys!!!!! They sent her all Beverly Lewis books (Most of you know is my fav. author and I had a chance to meet her a few years back.) They sent Lilly Annika's secret wish, Just Like Mama ( guys know how I am in love with the Amish culture), In Jesse's shoes (It's a book about special needs), and a book for me to review on my blog The Thorn. I am so excited to show her their new books this afternoon!

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A little background info on Lilly-Rose. She was diagnosed with a speech/language delay, OCD, and as being borderline Autistic when she was almost 4 years old. She didn't start talking until she she was almost 4 as well. We went through speech therapy, hearing tests, child psychologist, etc. Today she is 5 years old, in Kindergarten, and is in the accelerated reading class. She now has a love of reading and couldn't comprehend when I told her that at one time her Grandfather did not know how to read.

My Dad was illiterate until well into his 30s. He had to quit school in grade school to pick cotton to support his family. That's just how it was done in the South. It wasn't until I was around 6 or 7 and voiced my opinion that my Dad enrolled in adult literacy classes taught by our pastor and my school principal. Before that point he was always able to get around it. At 4 I started reading and by 5 he would buy the paper...have me sit on the table and read it to him front to back. At 6 I was having to enroll myself into school. He would just come to sign the necessary paperwork and I would tell the teachers that he forgot his glasses. This worked for a while, but most would either read it off to him or have him take it home to read. Then I voiced my opinion one day, I regret it to this day and I can still see the look on my Dad's face. I said I wanted my Mom to come to opening day because my Dad couldn't read, I had to fill out all the paperwork, and I was embarrassed. It wasn't long after that he was enrolled in an adult literacy class. Today my Dad reads as well as anyone else. You would never guess he spent half his life unable to read.

So from the story of her Pawpaw she asked could she read books to other children. She wants to encourage others to read or read to those that might not be able to. That Lilly is a special girl:)


**Grammatical errors are a given with me. I write as I think and have a toddler at foot. Thank you for being patient and reading my post.**

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Nov. 29, 2010 at 3:26 PM

This brought tears to my eyes!!  What a sweet child!  I will gladly spread the word for you if you'd like :-)

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