Weekly Photo Challenge: Books as Symbols

The weekly photo challenge is symbol.


Symbols are stories. Symbols are pictures, or items, or ideas that represent something else. Human beings attach such importance and meaning to symbols that they can inspire hope. ~Lia Habel


I can think of no better symbol of hope than a book. When I opened the La Paloma Elementary School Library in my community, I had hopes of instilling a joy of reading in a culture that lacks understanding of books. It has grown beyond my expectations!


“There are many little ways to enlarge your world.  Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy
spanish books“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”


“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” — Frederick Douglass

IMG_5364“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” — Walt Disney
IMG_5762“To learn to read is to light a fire” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller



18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Books as Symbols

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  2. Reading is such a natural, taken for granted thing in our country, but to inspire and give hope to these bright eyed children, excited about books, is such a worth symbol, Debbie. Perfect quotes and pictures.📚📕

    • Thanks, Lynne. Last week, the children were on vacation. I really enjoy going to the library and reading to the kids, so I can’t wait for school to start again on Monday. Not only does it help increase my Spanish, but I have so much fun interacting with the kids.

  3. Great post, amiga, and the photos loaded! Yippee!

    Every child, no – every person should experience the love of the written word. and being able to unlock the mysteries of books. You’ve given your neighbos the gift of traveling the world without ever leaving Ometepe. They’ll forever be grateful for your kindness and help.

    • Lisa, this has been my most rewarding project in Nicaragua. We have over 1,500 children’s books in the library, now. Returning from the states, I brought back many games and puzzles for the kids to enhance their critical thinking skills, too. Oh, and I know you will like this….I found packages of origami sheets on sale and we’re going to make origami flowers and animals. This will be very challenging for me, because when I taught 5th grade, we always read “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”, we made a thousand paper cranes and sent them to the Hiroshima Peace museum. The fine motor skills of my 5th graders were still developing and they had trouble following my directions, so I can’t imagine how difficult it will be for me to explain how to make origami figures to the Nica students who lack the most basic understanding of following directions. And in Spanish, too! YIKES! I’ll have to start with something very simple. I wish I could find this book in Spanish.

    • I love Dr. Seuss! I have all of the Dr. Seuss books in Spanish for the library, except for “Oh the Places You’ll Go.” I wish I could find it in a Spanish edition. But, one thing about reading Dr. Seuss in Spanish…it’s a crazy translation.

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