Fonz Gets Thumbs-Up For Literacy

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Henry Winkler gives a Fonz-like thumbs up as he poses with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall after being honored by Britain's National Literacy Trust. (photo credit: Courtesy of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Facebook page)

Henry Winkler gives a Fonz-like thumbs up as he poses with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall after being honored by Britain’s National Literacy Trust. (photo credit: Courtesy of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Facebook page)

Henry Winkler’s “Happy Days” character The Fonz may have jumped the shark long ago, but the actor-turned-children’s author is still starring in prime time when it comes to promoting literacy.

The BBC reported that Winkler was in London last week to accept an honor from Britain’s National Literacy Trust. He was named a “Literacy Hero” for “turning a generation of children into readers.” Winkler was the only American among the 10 recipients of the honor.

The remaining honorees were “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and eight other British citizens. Among them were a pupil who overcame learning issues to become a school library champion, a high school student who made amazing achievements with English as a second language, a librarian who helps disadvantaged youth with their literacy, a Romany author and storyteller who improves literacy among Traveler students, and a prisoner who started a project for incarcerated fathers to record themselves reading stories for their children.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All Rights reserved.

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