Greg Jordan of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Bluefield, WV) has written a very nice first-person perspective about the importance of early encounters with books, titled Sherlock Holmes - and others - Can Inspire Life-Long Love of Books.
In addition to recounting his first meeting with Sherlock Holmes (a somewhat regular feature in The Baker Street Journal - check our online archives for an example), he also notes a youth literacy program called "A Bookcase for Every Child":
Participants in this project help lower income children in the 3 to 5 age bracket get more exposure to reading by giving them their very own bookcase and some gently used books.
This is a wonderful gesture and an inspired program. If children's editions of the Sherlock Holmes canon are included in such arrangements, we can ensure that Holmes isn't lost to the future generations. Similar work is being done by The Beacon Society.