WE BELIEVE IN GRADUAL AND PROFOUND CHANGE. ACCESS TO BOOKS IS ONLY ONE PART OF THE PROBLEM. IN ORDER TO BECOME READERS, CHILDREN NEED SUPPORT FROM THEIR SCHOOLS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT ALL CHILDREN, NO MATTER THEIR BACKGROUND, HAVE A CHANCE TO ENJOY A BOOK READ FOR PLEASURE, A BOOK OF THEIR OWN CHOICE, WE HAVE CREATED A SYSTEM THAT RELIES ON ALL THE ABOVE.
BOOK DONATIONS IN SCHOOLS
We identify and donate new volumes of retellings of classical stories to communities who have real need of them - rural communities with low access to resources, increased dropout rate and low high-school graduation rates.
We offer educators and local leaders educational resources for setting up reading clubs in schools and in the community, including an alternative methodology for these, aimed directly at enhancing kids’ critical thinking skills.
In every community we reach, we promote a vital 25 minute, daily reading routine and rely on the family to contribute to kids’ reading practices, enhancing kids’ long-term reading motivation.
Each donation relies on the following three pillars:
Our sponsors' contributions cover the costs of the books we donate as well as logistics expenses for getting the books to where they are most needed.
Leaders of the community help us organize the donation - set up the space, bring in the children, handle the distribution of books to school libraries and children who couldn't be present at the donation itself.
In order to organize book donations, we always rely on support from local institutions (City Hall, the School and the Church) as well from local community leaders.
Our book clubs are intended to aid the sustainable development of childrens’ reading habits in the communities we reach.
We keep in touch with teachers in the schools we've donated who wish to volunteer to organize our book clubs as an extra-curricular activity.
Our original methodology for the book clubs uses play to engage children in their reading activities while at the same time developing their learning to learn skills. All teachers receive our free guide.
We provide teachers leading book clubs with evaluation procedures and forms that we then centralize in order to measure the results and impact of reading clubs on their participants.
Don’t underestimate the power of a good role-model!
25 minutes a day is the minimum amount of time that one needs to spend reading in order to form a habit. We encourage parents, grandparents, older siblings to lead by example and turn these 25 minutes into family quality time.
Reading Activities for Families
To make the 25 minutes of daily reading more fun, we suggest activities that adults can organize that will enhance kids’ motivation to read on their own. Find out more on our RESOURCES page.