You may be thinking that magic is an illusion, a slight of hand, a trick. That's not the kind of magic I have in mind though.
I'm talking about a type of magic that you see when a face lights up. It's a magic I used to live for as a teacher and one I continue to relish as a parent. It's a magic of a moment when someone receives a gift that transcends the physical. It's the Ah-ha!, the joy of surprise, the connection of finding something that speaks to you and let you know that you are not alone in the world.
I'm talking about the magic of a book.
And I'm asking you to consider becoming a magician, an agent of change that will get books to kids so they can experience that magic.
Each year the blog Guys Lit Wire, which I contribute to, puts together a book fair for a worthy cause, someplace in need of a little outside help. This year we are headed back to Ballou Sr High School in Washington DC because, as much as we were able to help them last year, they are still deep in need when it comes to books.
You can read the whole deal here at Guys Lit Wire. Read the background, click on the link of books, make a purchase. It's pretty straightforward but here's how I like to think about it:
Somewhere out there is a book. It was written by an author with the hopes of one day reaching a reader. One day that book finds its reader and the reader is astounded: it's as if the author wrote the book specifically for them, is speaking directly to them. But in between there is a missing piece of magic, that midwifery that delivers the book to the reader.
You will never know how you changed a reader's life or even that you did, but never knowing, never being sure, that's the territory shared by magic and faith.
Be a magician.
Spread the word, help others become magicians.