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Give a Child a Book and a Love of Reading

| Early Childhood Literacy, Reading Aloud, Early Literacy, Children's Books, Libraries

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Give the gift of books and reading.

Have you been looking for the perfect gift for that special child in your life or would you like to do something special for children in your community? Raising Readers has the answer: give a book and start a child on a lifelong love of reading.

Book-giving ideas:

  • Consider starting a new tradition! Instead of a toy or other item, give a book to your own child, niece, nephew, grandchild, or family-friend as a gift. Check here for book ideas for kids ages birth-five.
  • Call your local library to see if they take new or gently used book donations. If they don’t add it to their collection, they might include it in an upcoming sale to raise money for their organization.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not have books to call their own (www.rif.org). Donate a book to your local homeless or women’s shelter or a community based organization whose mission is to provide to those children in need.
  • Consider donating a book to an early childcare provider or school in your area. If they cannot use the book in their classroom collection, they will likely know of families who could benefit from them.

Books are the perfect gift for any occasion and everyday is the perfect to day to share the love of books and reading with our children!