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Surely there has never been another time in which it was so important for people to be able to read-and to read-as it is today. Reading is, or should be, a part of nearly every experience of children, young people, and adults. Valuable though the other media of communication are, they are necessarily inadequate for full coverage: of reporting events, of expressions of opinion, of findings of investigations, of descriptions, of recounting of experiences. Only in books are we likely to find the inclusive, extended coverage necessary for adequate analysis, interpretation, and application. Never before have we been confronted with such need to know so much so quickly, to communicate so clearly and thoroughly, and to be able to interpret so accurately.

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