Wednesday, July 6, 2011

KinderCare's Read. Share. Give. Book sharing program is underway!

When I was growing up we moved every few years, and with every move there was one common big issue- packing up all my family's books! No matter how well we did with cutting back on our other belongings, our book collections grew and grew every year.  Now I have a family of my own, and my kids are definitely continuing the family tradition! I love being able to share favorite kids' books from my childhood with my kids. Watching their eyes light up as they "meet" new characters and "visit" new places is just amazing.

The love of reading is such an important thing to develop in a child's life, but it's not something that's easily accessible for some kids. KinderCare is working to help out with their Read. Share. Give. program that's underway now. My family received a book to read and pass on to others- will you take a moment and read about the program and help out as well?

It All Starts With a Book

The State of Literacy

KinderCare believes all children should have access to books, both at school and at home.   We know that spending just a few minutes each day sharing a story with children in their earliest years sets the foundation for future educational success.  It all starts with a book.  A book ignites a child’s imagination.  A book lays the foundation for future school success.  And a book can spur a child’s motivation, confidence and curiosity in the world. 

Did you know that as a nation…
·         Two-thirds of 4th graders are below reading proficiency and 83% of low-income 4th graders are below proficient (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
·         Some 42 percent of American children (31MM) lack the income to cover basic needs including child care and access to books (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
·         In some of the lowest-income neighborhoods in the country there is only one book available for every 300 children. (University of Nevada Study)
·         44 million adults in the U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child. (National Adult Literacy Survey)

About Read. Share. Give.

KinderCare champions early literacy and the reading role models – teachers and parents – who nurture every child’s love of reading. Read. Share. Give is a national book sharing program kicking off in Denver on June 30th with a goal of “one million story times” this summer.

This summer you are invited you to READ and SHARE a book so that you can GIVE a book to those in need.

       Pick a children’s book to read with your family
       Visit to download and print out a book label, enter the book’s code and start following your book’s journey 
       Place the label into the inside front cover of the book and pass it on to family and friends to do the same  

 Disclosure: We received a book to read, pass on and track, as part of this program. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.