The Joy of Reading: Celebrate Literacy Week 2021

Josh Duke


There is nothing quite like losing yourself in a good book. Reading promotes creativity, expands vocabulary, fosters the imagination, and even encourages empathy. While reading can benefit people of all ages, it is especially important to to help young children learn to read. Initiatives like Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! strive to accomplish that, and faculty members at the FSU College of Education and the Florida Center for Reading Research are doing their part to encourage children of all ages to discover a love of reading.

FSU College of Education Dean Damon Andrew explains why it's so important for parents to read to young children and shares with viewers a reading of his favorite Dr. Seuss book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!


Dr. Emily Plummer Catena, assistant professor of English Education, shares some of her favorite resources on how to promote literacy at home:


Dr. Sonia Cabell, assistant professor of Reading Education and research faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research, discusses why she decided to become a literacy researcher:


Cabell also shares with you some of her favorite children's books!


Dr. Beth Phillips, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems and associate director of the Florida Center for Reading Research, discusses how parents can support their child's language and literacy development:


Dr. Fotena Zirps, Senior Research Associate at the Florida Center for Reading Research, shares her favorite tip for encouraging young readers:


Undeniably, reading is one of the most important and most used skills at any age. Faculty members at the College of Education and Florida Center for Reading Research look deeper into issues related to literacy, reading education and more. If you are interested in contributing to the field of reading education and language arts, the FSU College of Education currently offers a Ph.D. in Reading Education/Languages Arts to help train the next generation of researchers. We also offer master's, specialist and doctoral programs in English Education where you can gain an understanding of various print and digital literacies and learn more about the role of an English teacher in reading instruction.