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Books for Kids: Not Just Another Non-Profit

Submitted by on March 14, 2011 – 7:00 AM3 Comments
Books for Kids: Not Just Another Non-Profit

I have recently been introduced to one of the most amazing non-profit organizations in the country, Books for Kids’.  In a nut-shell, Books for Kids’ builds libraries and donates books to children in need.  They also work with literacy programs in developing essential early foundation skills which children need in order to succeed in life.  As you may or may not know, I am a HUGE advocate for our local libraries along with promoting literacy amongst children.

The number of less fortunate children without access to literature in this Country is astonishing.  This is why I am truly amazed with Books for Kids plan of attack against illiteracy in our children.  They build their libraries directly within Housing Projects, Publicly Funded Day-Care and After-School Programs; this is where these children who need it most reside.  They actually transform old, run down classrooms or administrative space into a rich, beautiful, learning environment!

While familiarizing myself with all of the phenomenal things Books for Kids’ does, I happen to run across some truly disturbing facts from, Shawna Doster, the Executive Director at Books for Kids’.  I hate to focus on the negative, however it is reality.  Did you know that California and Arizona prepare prison beds based on their states fourth grade literacy rate?  Did you know that three out of four Americans on welfare, 68% of people arrested, and 85% of unwed mothers are illiterate?  If these statistics aren’t a wake up call, I don’t know what is.

I feel that as mothers we often times take for granted the fact that we were read to as children, or that we obviously read and share books with our children.  Maybe even the fact that we have unlimited access to literature whether it be in our homes, online, or at our local libraries.  The harsh reality is that the simple things we take for granted are quite out of the ordinary for some.  There are people, just like you and I, that lack the knowledge, and or resources, to obtain literature.  In some cases, they are not aware of the impact sharing a book with their child can have.  Even if they are, do they have the resources to obtain one?  It breaks my heart to imagine people without the outlets, know how and guidance to obtain books .  In my mind, it’s completely unacceptable.

The fact that we have programs like VPK is reassuring, yes, but there are still many children that are left behind.  I ask my Mamas to please take a moment and recognize what Books for Kids’ is all about.  Donate today and make a difference in the life of a child through this fabulous organization!

Donations can be made through the website (www.booksforkids.org) and each donation buys books for a library.  You can also show your support by Liking them on Facebook.  It’s donations from people like us and the wonderful support from fine organizations like Homewood Suites by Hilton that make Books for Kids’ thrive.

 

 


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3 Comments »

  • Dr. Annie says:

    Thank you Lori for talking about the importance of Literacy development in all homes. I am going to follow up your message with more thoughts and research regarding the power of literacy in the long term development of both children and adults. I also encourage readers to donate children’s books to second hand stores, as many low income parents can afford a dime or a quarter for a book while shopping at such locations. Books are so very important, but as you said often overlooked as purchases in times of tight budgets. If you have a yard or garage sale, have children’s books priced so that parents and grandparents will purchase them. I often had a free box of books and magazines at garage sales. We just can’t get enough good books in our homes for children! As Jim Trelease the author of “The Read Aloud Handbook” suggests, we need to think of the three B’s . . . reading in the breakfast room, reading in the bedroom and reading in the bathroom!! It’s really a no brainer if you think about it!! So everyone let’s get the word out.

  • […] Literacy Submitted by Dr. Annie Hurt on March 25, 2011 – 6:00 AMNo Comment The program “Books for Kids” is as Mama Lori explained a wonderful vehicle for getting books into our children’s homes and […]

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