Monday, February 6, 2012

Read a Book. Give a Book.

Do you have an appreciation of literacy?  Do your children enjoy reading ebooks?  

If so, you can now indulge these two special privileges at the same time.  

Visit We Give Books, and not only will your child be able to pick a book and read from their vast selection, but for every book you read an organization of your choosing will receive a print copy of the same book.

Here is how it works:

1.  You choose one of these campaigns.

Tinga Tanga Tales - provides books to children in Africa

United Through Reading - offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children

Jumpstart - helps build reading libraries in neighborhoods, across the United States where Jumpstart serves preschool age children.

2.  You choose an ebook to read to your child.

There are picture books from Penguin and DK appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. 

3.  You finish reading and the organization of your choosing receives a free copy of the book you just read.

How cool is that?

You can do this as many times as you like and choose a different campaign to support each time.  If your child likes a book, as mine did "Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants," you can read it over and over and each time you complete the story another copy of the book will be donated.

Who funds this reading initiative?

The Pearson Foundation buys the books, pays the author's royalties and covers the cost of delivery. Authors make this possible by forgoing royalties on the books available for online reading.

Both fiction and non fiction books are included...

Isn't this an ingenious program?  My children read and learn and other children benefit at the same time.  I encourage you to carve a few minutes out of your day and read from this site.  At the end of the year your children can reflect on the fact that they donated 365 books to children who are not as privileged as you are.  Our children can come to realize how lucky they are to have loving family members read to them and they will learn how wealthy they really are.

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