National Consortium: Year Two

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 BooksOur goal is book abundance—children need access to books (and lots of them) wherever

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Texas Teachers Book Grants – Applications Open Now!

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

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Patagonia Palo Alto Book Launch

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

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Afghan Book Distribution

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.

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More Books, Fewer Toasters

By Gabriella Lundy and Chloe Mendoza Where love grows, abundance follows. On July 3, 2022, Jan Half and Sharyn Saslafsky celebrated their nuptials in an original way: instead of receiving gifts, they invited their guests to support local organizations they are passionate about. One of these organizations was Bring Me a Book. When asked why

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Book Abundance, Book Joy, and Membership in the Literacy Club

By Maria Nichols Learning – all learning – is inherently relational and social. Famed reading researcher Frank Smith drew from this foundational understanding to craft the metaphor of a “literacy club”, creating both a vision and a goal for children’s literacy learning (1987). Children’s nurturing into the literacy club begins long before formal schooling as

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The School Library Book Budget Project: Empowering Readers through Responsibility, Support, and Trust

By Micki Uppena and Matt Renwick “We should purchase a couple of books on ADHD, so that I can share them with my friends and they can understand what it’s like to be me.” This comment, overheard during a conversation among fourth graders, is a microcosm of the outcomes hoped for when students are empowered

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Bring on the Manga!

By Penny Kittle and Meg Murphy We have a group of 5th and 6th graders at Conway Elementay School working on what they want to order. They are reviewing titles and thinking about where the Manga Collection will go… how they will teach other kids how to read Manga, and most importantly, why they believe Manga is an

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“The Red Moon is Between Mars and Cleveland”

By Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger Red moons are rare, occurring only once or twice a year when the moon is totally eclipsed by the earth. Hidden in darkness, the full moon glows in crimson luminescence for a few hours, a delicious astonishment set into the glittered night sky. We toast them with our cameras

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El Nido Elementary School’s Journey to Book Abundance

By Sharon Zinke What an amazing journey this is proving to be! When we started this school year, El Nido Elementary School had completely dismantled their rundown and limited school library so they could start over with brand new furniture and shelves and more up-to-date books. By November 2021, the new furniture had arrived but

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Follow Up: El Nido Elementary School

By Sharon Zinke We began the year with a huge challenge ahead of us. We decided to focus on choice and access for this school year since there was a severe shortage of books and book access in the school and it seemed that the language arts period was much more focused on published lessons

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Kindergartners and Third Graders Discover Their Reading Identities and Book Joy

Our Literacy Champion Islah Tauheed worked with two teachers, third grade teacher Melissa Bowman and kindergarten teacher Elana Vela; over the course of the school year, each child chose six books to take home, read, and keep. We interviewed Elana at the end of the school year to learn more about her experience helping her

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Family Literacy Night

By Lynsey Burkins “Mrs. Burkins! Mrs. Burkins! Last night was magical. My mom loved our family reading night.” Brayden, age 8 Holding a family literacy night can provide a meaningful experience for students as well as their families. It is a unique way to bring families into the reading lives of their children. One key

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Trusting Young Learners

By Lori Oczkus Instilling a love of reading through choice, agency, and time to talk about books The students and teachers in Paradise have experienced a series of tragedies and challenges the past few years including the horrific Camp Fire which destroyed their school and entire town. On November 8, 2018, the deadliest and most

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Reading as Lifework

By JoEllen McCarthy The central and most important goal of reading instruction is to foster a love of reading. Linda Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education, Clemson University The most powerful way to promote independent reading is to provide all children access to books they can and want to read. When we invest in books, we

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