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Ask Amy: Wisdom from readers starts the year off right

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Readers: To mark and celebrate the start of a new year, I’m including some recent reader responses that I have found particularly touching, wise, and useful. I learn so much from my readers!

I sincerely hope that the year 2021 is one of peace, health, and goodwill to all. We could all use a break.

Dear Amy: Your literacy campaign to put “A Book on Every Bed” really touched my heart.

I am a retired teacher of 38 years and the greatest accomplishment of my teaching career was reading to my students every day.

The children would immediately quiet down and sit in their seats because they didn’t want to miss a word. It was magical!

The best crowd control and discipline is a good book.


I taught special needs children, first, third, and fourth grade during my career, and a good book never failed.

I also read to my own three children almost every night through their elementary years. Now that they are in their thirties, they have often said that these were some of their favorite childhood memories.

Thank you so much for raising awareness about the power of books.

— A Life-long Reader


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