In the spirit of the holiday season, I would bring to your attention two organizations that give books to children to promote early literacy.
- First Book (http://www.firstbook.org) is a national nonprofit with a single mission: "to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books". First Book works with existing literacy programs to distribute the books. My mother, Phyllis Robinson, brought to my attention today this article about the activities of a local chapter of First Book near her home in Massachusetts. I also ran across this article today about First Book activity in Louisiana.
- Reach Out and Read (http://www.reachoutandread.org) is a program that "promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room." The idea is that parents tend to trust the advice of their pediatricians. Doctors and nurses give new books to young children at semi-annual office visits, and also give advice to parents about reading aloud with their child.
Supporting either of these organizations with your money or your time would be a great way to help more children to grow up with access to books. Of course there are many other local and national programs that give books to children during the holidays, and that's wonderful too! Thanks for reading!