Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Books Make It Better

We read a lot of books here in our home.  Books have always been important to my family, and I'm happy to see that my kids seem to feel the same way as I do about reading.  That's why I wanted to share some information that I received about a new national initiative to promote child literacy.  Information is below!

Books Make It Better Launches National Initiative
to Support Early Literacy Efforts

Fast-Growing, Grassroots Movement is Joining Delegates from Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress and Reach Out and Read to Collect Over 50,000 Books for Underserved Communities
(Portland, OR) November 2, 2011 – Books Make It Better, a burgeoning grassroots, mom-powered movement to support early literacy efforts and create more community-minded kids across the U.S., is launching a national initiative and book drive to benefit Reach Out and Read, local community organizations, and underserved communities. The initiative, which aims to engage moms from every state within the next year, launches its first drive just in time for distribution during the holiday season.

Books Make it Better was created by delegates of Parenting magazine’s Mom Congress on Education and Learning to provide a simple, flexible framework that allows families and schools across the country to engage in efforts to support their communities. The organization also fosters dialogue that promotes more compassion, empathy, leadership skills, and social awareness. In partnership with Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization that supports early literacy and school readiness efforts, Books Make it Better will help place much-need books in the hands of children who otherwise would not have access to them.

“I was shocked to learn at Mom Congress that 2/3 of children in the U.S. who live in poverty don’t have any books at home, and that the ratio of books to kids in low-income neighborhoods was 300 to 1,” noted Jen Barth, Founder of Books Make it Better and Oregon’s Mom Congress 2011 Delegate. “Fewer than half of young children in the U.S. are read to daily, and 13 million children under the age of 5 go to bed every night without a bedtime story. We created Books Make it Better to make it easy for families to 
cultivate a culture of reading in these communities, enhance kids’ educational opportunities, and develop better chances for long-term academic and social success.”

The BMIB web site and tool kit provide clear and simple instructions on how to participate in the fall book drive. The organization’s materials help moms, families, and communities across the country easily organize physical book drives, create collection and distribution plans, and develop virtual book drives. For more information, please visit www.booksmakeitbetter.org or contact Jeannine Schechter of Fresh PR at (310) 857-6994 or jeannine@freshpr.net.
 
Disclosure: I received no product and no compensation for this post. Just passing on some information! 

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