BOOK BUDDIES

The Bring Me A Book (BMAB) Book Buddies program is an all-volunteer program developed for under-resourced preschool and kindergarten classrooms. Book Buddies work with literacy experts who have perfected the art of the interactive read-aloud, using children’s books that lend themselves to a read-aloud presentation.

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BOOK Cubbies

Books in the home are a must! Again and again, research identifies the number of books in the home as the key to academic and personal success (Evans, et al., 2014; Neuman & Moland, 2016). Children need quality books and a place to keep them so they are readily accessible. Based on these needs, we were inspired to design and manufacture small individual bookcases or “Book Cubbies.” Parents and children paint and decorate the drawer (built to hold a writing journal), add wooden letters to spell the child’s name, and personalize the cubby for each child. It then becomes the child’s home library inspiring pride of book ownership and establishing the child’s identity as a reader.

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LIBRARY PARTNERSHIP

Libraries level the playing field. They provide free access to their print and digital collections, as well as reference services. Libraries are our “literacy equalizer” and “social safety net” (Farmer, 2021) because they are open to all, and offer the resources we need to live, learn, and thrive. Access to books and academic success go hand in hand. High-achieving schools tend to have rich and extensive library collections—staffed by professional librarians—and more students who read frequently.

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CLASSROOM LIBRARIES

Access to books and academic success go hand-in-hand. When children live in classrooms with libraries, they read 50–60% more than children who don’t. Books in the classroom just like books in the home—create a “culture of reading”— which promotes time to read and talk about books. And that’s hugely significant because independent reading in school is the best predictor of academic success.

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FAMILY ENGAGEMENT & HOME LIBRARIES

Engaging parents is essential for the short- and longterm success of your students. We also know what happens when families are able to build a home library of books their children love. A home library helps establish a reading or “scholarly culture” in the home. This culture continues from generation to generation within families. It is largely independent of education and class. It entails creating a “taste for books,” and promoting the skills and knowledge that foster both literacy and numeracy and, thus, lead to lifelong academic advantages

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