I've always felt that there was more than just the umm... obvious audio / visual reasons for liking Nelly Furtado.
I've just discovered an excellent reason, to add to the others.
Just this past fall, Nelly became the spokesperson for the Jumpstart Read For The Record Campaign.
Jumpstart is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that children succeed in school by building literacy, language and social skills. Recently, at a Jumpstart press conference, Furtado [the mother of a six-year old daughter] talked about the importance of books in her life.
"As someone who started writing songs at a very young age, I know how important literacy is -- I remember, when I was a child, my parents saving their hard-earned money and buying us the Childcraft Encyclopedias. They were our whole world and inspired a love of reading. I know that it is so important to get the language in the children before they even get to kindergarten because then they have the familiarity there. And so, it's really special to be here because I really love books."
There you go.
Now I like her even more than I did yesterday!