WXYZ Editorial: Reading is fundamental to children learning

Editorial on the importance of reading for children
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Posted at 7:07 PM, Jan 26, 2023

WXYZ DETROIT — January is the perfect time of year to begin focusing our eyes on the importance of reading. This past Monday was National Reading Day, an annual event designed to encourage the joy of reading for pre-kindergarteners through 3rd graders. This positive awareness, celebrated in schools across America can be life-changing for children.

This week WXYZ kicked off the first of our 2023 book fairs for Metro Detroit elementary and middle school students. These book give-a-ways are made possible by the success of Channel 7’s “If You Give a Child a Book Campaign.” Each year, in partnership with the Scripps Howard Fund, Channel 7 employees and our community generously open up their hearts and wallets to raise money for new, age-appropriate, diverse books. This year alone nearly 13 thousand books will find their way into the hands of children in our community.

If you’ve been watching, you’ve probably noticed this in many incredible stories on 7 Action News. Together, we’ve done a lot. But there’s no resting on our laurels. The need is still great, and your help is always appreciated! For every $5 dollars you donate, we can purchase age-appropriate books for underserved youngsters who don’t have access to high-quality home libraries. You can always donate by going to WXYZ.COM or text: WXYZ to 50155.  You can see if our book fair is coming near you this year on

Closing the achievement gap through early childhood reading also opens the door long-term for improving national news literacy across the nation for all ages.

I’m Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager
Broadcast: January 26 - 29, 2023