Monday, November 24, 2014

Award-winning children’s book banishes the stigma of low literacy

Carey Rigby-Wilcox is on a mission to highlight the impact low literacy has on adults and to spread the word that help is available.

The author of the autobiographical children’s book "My Mummy Couldn’t Read," Rigby-Wilcox met with her tutor for three-plus hours every Sunday for over twenty-three years to address her own low literacy issues. Once shy and insecure, she is a walking testimonial to how learning to read expands your life.

In her newest book, "My Dad Couldn’t Read," Rigby-Wilcox further destigmatizes the trauma of low literacy while offering a poignant tale of inspiration for children and parents alike. Parents usually strive to be an inspiration to their children, she notes, but what happens when children become an inspiration to their parents?

In "My Dad Couldn’t read," told in the first person by a young boy whose dad can barely read, readers learn how the boy’s dad struggles through grade school, how his shame and confusion grow, and how he finally gives up, quits high school, and goes to work instead.

The boy’s dad is good at his job, but he always feels that something is missing from his life. When his own son is born, he realizes that he made a terrible mistake in not persevering through his reading challenges and receiving his high school diploma. The question is, what can he do about it now?

"My Dad Couldn’t Read" tells the poignant story of how the boy’s dad addresses his low literacy, the shame and confusion it causes, and his hopes and fears for his beloved son. In so doing, the story offers an inspiring testimony to the power of love and mutual determination.

For Rigby-Wilcox’s efforts, "My Dad Couldn’t Read" received a Bronze Medal from the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the Reading/Literacy category.

She comments, "I want to shed a light on literacy issues that affect adults today and also show that there is help for anyone who needs it. I have lived a life of shame, and I have decided to break the shame by telling my literacy story. There is help out there, and the ripple effect helps families, communities, and countries."

"The award winning ‘My Dad Couldn't Read’ is a powerful story that will pull on your heartstrings. The empowering message and the family bonds in this book will inspire you and your children. Rigby-Wilcox shows readers that with support and determination, anything is possible." ~ Kristine Scarrow, author of Throwaway Girl
"Breaking stereotypes and new ground, ‘My Dad Couldn't Read’ is the perfect follow-up to Rigby-Wilcox's bestselling ‘My Mummy Couldn't Read.’ This one is for the boys!" ~ Wes Funk, author

Author: Carey Rigby-Wilcox, a mother of four, is a committed literacy learner, activist, volunteer, business owner, illustrator, and author who is deeply dedicated to promoting literacy at the local, provincial, and national levels. Carey travels across Canada sharing the importance of learning to read and how exciting it is to be an award-winning author and illustrator. Carey has presented numerous keynote presentations and speeches at various events. Her passion as an advocate for literacy has taken her to provincial and federal governments and even to Parliament. She is committed to spreading the word about the importance of literacy and the barriers adult learners face. Her self-published autobiographical children’s book "My Mummy Couldn't Read’ was short-listed for the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards Book of the Year.

My Dad Couldn’t Read by Carey Rigby-Wilcox; Publisher: See A Book Take a Look; Category: Education, Inspiration; Soft Cover: 978-1927778012, $10.00; eBook: 978-1927778029, $5.99; Downloadable PDF (from author’s website): 978-1927778029, $5.00; Availability:, McNally Robinson Booksellers,,,,,, Copia, Gardners Books, Baker & Taylor, e-sentral, Scribd,, Oyster, Ciando eBooks

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