After reading this article, I learned how many different organizations provide free books to children living in poverty. Two organizations that I thought were very interesting were Heart of America Foundation and First Book. Their primary focus is to provide books to children that would normally not be able to get books without assistance. I also thought this article listed great ways and organizations that have literacy as one of their primary focuses. I really liked being able to learn all the ways to be able to get books for students that really need them. A few suggestions were book drives, local stores donating books, libraries, wish lists, and public television stations. This article shows how important it is for children to be immersed in books and for every child no matter what their background is to have the chance to read.
These are great programs. I did not realize that there were so many programs that provide books to children and organizations that work with children. The Roads to Reading and Kids Need to Read are available to rural areas and kids with learning challenges. These programs would be great for my school. I am also going to look into the Scholastic Book Grants program. Our school is in a low income area and many of the students do not have books at home to read. These programs, and others like them, would give them a chance to have a book of their own for the first time. I am definitly going to contact a few of these programs and I am going to share the list of programs with our reading program administrator. Hopefully we can receive books for our classrooms and our students.
I am a coordinator of a reading program at a pediatric office we give books to children when they come in to our office for checkups this is funded through donations, we are having a hard time finding funding.
International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books. International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally. In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organizations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children.