Bring Me a Book is proud to announce that 42 Title I schools and organizations including classrooms, libraries, and extended learning programs in Oakland, California received sets of 10 Mathical Book Prize titles in grade-level bands, and a book cubby in which to store the books.
A total of 130 sets of books was distributed by the Bring Me a Book Foundation and the Oakland Literacy Coalition with the assistance of Bookelicious. The books are provided thanks to the generosity of the Firedoll Foundation.
The books, spanning PreK to 12th grade, range from picture books to youth biographies of mathematicians, from chapter books to novels, spanning imagination, big ideas, current social issues, science, drama, and puzzle-solving.
These lively books showcase the joy of math in the everyday world. They are meant for classroom use, to enrich the classrooms and libraries of schools in need in Oakland.
A list of winning schools can be found below.
3Ls: Literacy, Leadership & Liberation
ASCEND Elementary School
Aspire Berkley Maynard Academy
Aspire Lionel Wilson College Prep
Aspire Monarch Academy
Aspire Triumph Technology Academy
Bella Vista Elementary
Bridges Academy at Melrose
Burckhalter Elementary School
Castlemont High School
Edna Brewer Middle School
Elmhurst United Middle School
Franklin Elementary School
Frick United Academy of Language
Garfield Elementary School
Grass Valley Elementary
Highland Community School
Horace Mann Elementary School
International Community School
Kaiser Early Childhood Development Center
Korematsu Discovery Academy
La Escuelita School
Lazear Charter Academy
Learning Without Limits
Lincoln Elementary School
Lockwood Child Development Center
Madison Park Academy (Grades 6-12)
Manzanita Community Elementary School
Manzanita SEED Elementary School
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
Oakland Academy of Knowledge
Skyline High School
Think College Now Elementary
Urban Montessori Charter School
Urban Promise Academy
The Mathical Book Prize recognizes math-inspiring literary fiction and nonfiction for very young children through high school students. The book distribution will help promote math as an exciting subject that’s more than numbers and equations.
Explore the full Mathical List – sort by age level – here.
In the fall of 2021, the Bring Me a Book National School Consortium launched an action research study to determine the necessary personal, social, and environmental factors that help children develop a sustainable reading routine in a school setting.
Access to Books Our goal is book abundance—children need access to books (and lots of them) wherever they are—in their homes, classrooms, schools, and in their communities.
Reader Agency, Identity, and Choice Children are twice as likely to read a book they have chosen themselves.
Time to Read and Talk about Books Reading is social. Children thrive as readers when they have time to read their books—as well as talk about them with others, particularly, with their peers.
Family Engagement Families are children’s first teachers—and their influence on children’s reading lives is immeasurable, especially when parents model their own reading lives and create a reading culture in the home.
Teacher Professional Growth and Leadership Teachers who share their own joy of reading have the greatest impact on their students; as scholar Shirley Brice Heath once wrote, “The single most important condition for literacy learning is the presence of mentors who are joyfully literate people.” But teachers and administrators also need access to current multi-dimensional research as well as time to absorb professional information, to meet and discuss the implications with their colleagues; and time and support to implement innovative and impactful practices in their own classrooms (Routman, 2018; Renwick, 2022).
Community Engagement: Partnerships with School and Public Libraries Libraries are our “literacy equalizer” and “social safety net” (Farmer, 2021) because they are free, open to all, and offer the resources we need to live, learn, and thrive. High-achieving schools tend to have rich and extensive library collections— staffed by professional librarians—and more students who read frequently (Lance & Kachel, 2021).
Year Two Our School Consortium launches October 5—and for the most part, our nine participating schools have found a way to match our grant. In this way, the leadership of each school is supporting book abundance and making a commitment to student book choice and time for pleasure reading and talk about books.
Applications are now open for the Texas Teachers Book Grant!
Bring Me a Book’s mission is to help ALL children develop a healthy reading habit with support in the classroom, community and at home. We believe that when we help all children thrive through the joy and power of reading, we leverage literacy to create a more humane and hopeful world for us all.
In keeping with this mission, Bring Me a Book will award 50 book grants to Texas teachers, sponsored by our partner, H.E.B. Grocery Company.
We will award:
48 Grants of $375
2 Grants of $1,000
Teachers will receive a credit at Bookelicious (sign up here) where they will be able to purchase books for their classroom!
Applications will remain open until all funds are distributed. Winners will be announced weekly, beginning September 13. To apply, you must be a classroom teacher in Texas, and 80% of the awards will be given to teachers in Title 1 Texas schools.
If you have been selected as a winner, you will need to complete a few simple steps to claim your gift certificate within 5 business days of your notification email. If the steps are not completed by the date provided, a new name will be drawn and your name will go back into the pool.
August 14th, we had the great pleasure of tabling at a book launch at the Palo Alto Patagonia store. Children listened to a bilingual reading of Patagonia’s new book, Better Than New / Mejor Que Nuevo. We look forward with continuing to work with Patagonia in new ways.
View and Download our curated environmental book collection below.
Bring Me a Book is partnering with East Coast nonprofit mEducation Alliance to distribute 5000+ children’s books in Dari and Pashto to Afghan refugee populations in California through our Bring Me a Book programming. We are currently working to partner with even more local Afghan refugee support organizations.