Knowing that sometimes, the books I send will be the first a child will ever hold, or will ever experience, creates a bond between me and them across an ocean and from a distance of thousands of miles. It makes me feel rich, and sets context for all that I’ve experienced in life so far. I know what books have done for me: they’re my inspiration, my muse, and my friend. Giving this to someone else who otherwise might not be able to experience it at all creates a deep and positive compassion.
Blog by Katheen Long, Brand New 2014 ALP Board Member and Editorial Lead