Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is once again making headlines. For one, the copyright lawsuit filed against her by musician Jessie Braham was dismissed by United States District Court Judge Gail Standish. And for another, the multi-awarded performer has once again given her support to a literacy campaign to encourage kids to read independently.
In support of the “Open a World of Possible” initiative of the Scholastic Possible Fund, Swift partners with Scholastic described as the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books in the world in providing more new books to some schools in New York City.
In a statement, Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Education, said, “Scholastic is honored to join with Taylor Swift who continues to show a passion for literacy and a commitment to spreading the message of how influential books can be in a child’s life. Through this donation, we aim to encourage independent reading which inspires a love of learning and to ‘Open a World of Possible’ for more New York City students by making sure they have access to the very best children’s books.”
Swift and Scholastic will be giving a total of 25,000 age-appropriate books, 1,000 for each of the 25 chosen schools that need to provide more reading materials for their students.
Earlier in October, Swift already showed her support for the initiative by hosting a Web chat, which, according to the press release, already garnered more than 4.5 million views. The almost 30-minute video shows Swift exchanging thoughts with the kids, answering their questions and listening to them in turn. And she shares with the students “how books, reading and writing have influenced her and opened her world.”
At the start of the video, Swift tells the students, “I’m really excited to talk to you about reading and writing because I wouldn’t be a songwriter if it wasn’t for books that I loved as a kid. And I think that, you know, when you can escape into a book, it trains your imagination to think big and to think that more can exist than what you see. And I think that’s been the basis of why I’ve wanted to write songs and why writing became my career.”
According to the latest Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report, as discussed in the press release, majority of kids are more inclined to finish a book that they select themselves, and that 6- to 17-year-old kids belonging to households at the lower-income bracket tend to read more in school than outside. With the donation, the students of the schools will have a thousand more books made available to them to encourage them to read independently.