The Reading Promise: My Father And the Books We Shared
by Alice Ozma
When Alice Ozma was nine years old, her father made a promise: to read to her every night, without missing a night, for one-hundred nights. But once the pair met their goal, they couldn’t stop. 100 became 1,000, and eventually, they decided to read as long as they possibly could. The Reading Streak, as they called it, ultimately lasted 3,218, finally ending on Alice’s first day of college. The story of their amazing commitment to reading, and to each other, is chronicled in Alice Ozma’s book The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared.
You can check out a video of the author, Alice Ozma, discussing The Reading Promise.
Advance reviews of The Reading Promise have been enthusiastic:
“Persuasive and influential, poignant and inspirational, Ozma’s exuberant paean to the joys and rewards of reading– and being read to– is a must-read treasure for parents, especially, and bibliophiles, certainly.” -Booklist, starred review
“This is the perfect book to hand any curmudgeon who needs reminding that reading makes a difference or thinks that today’s youth are all blase. Highly recommended.” -Library Journal, starred review
“Alice Ozma has given us the gift of a remarkable love story. In her love of books, and of her father, we see the most-meaningful promises we might make to our own parents, our own children, and to ourselves.” -Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor, The Last Lecture
“Tender, funny, and deeply readable, THE READING PROMISE tells the story of how a simple ritual became a treasured father-daughter tradition. Promise yourself to revisit what matters…promise you’ll pick up this tribute to the ways in which books change lives.” – Erin Blakemore, author of The Heroine’s Bookshelf
Finally, is there a young person in your life that you’d like to begin a reading streak with? If so, here’s a reading list to get you started.