Friday, August 14, 2009

Share Your Book Memory To Donate Books

I don't read books, but Mom does. She has been a bookworm since she was a little girl - like a million years ago. She has always loved to read and believes that everyone should have access to books no matter what. When I found this program the other day and showed it to Mom, she got a big smile on her face.

First Book provides new books to children in need all year long. Believe it or not, there are a lot of children who cannot read and literacy is directly related to access to books. Kyle Zimmer is the brains behind First Book. While tutoring children at an inner city soup kitchen, she noticed the children didn't have any books. She left her job and founded First Book to address this need. First Book empowers teachers by providing the much needed books to day care center, preschools, after-school programs, and shelters. Equipped with the books, the teachers can better teach the children to love reading and learning. Now in its 20th year, First Book has delivered more than 65 million books across the U.S. and Canada.

"What Book Got You Hooked?" is the latest campaign from First Book. By inviting readers to celebrate unforgettable books from their childhood, they will provide new books to children who need them most. Simply share the memory of the books that made you the reader you are and then vote for a state to receive 50,000 new books from First Book. These new books will inspire new readers to get hooked on reading.

I'm not sure what books got Mom hooked on reading, but I've heard her mention that she loved reading Nancy Drew books. These books may have been the ones that started her down the path of lifelong reading. She still has all her Nancy Drew books and maybe one day she will take them out and read them again.

So head on over to http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/whatbook/ to share your memory and to vote. Voting closes at midnight on September 30 and the results of the vote, as well as a top 50 list of books that got reader hooked, will be published on their website in October. And don't forget to check out the celebrity favorites while you're on the website. Mom really loved the book that got Marlee Matlin hooked. It was definitely one of her favorites as a young girl.

8 comments:

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Thank you Stubby for this information. You must stay up all night long finding all this information to share with us.
Your the best! Amd great ideas!
love
tweedles

Salinger The Pug said...

COOOOL Stubby!
Mom just voted and said the "Little House on the Prairie" books!
She used to read those OVER and OVER when she was little!
We're passing this link on! What a cool idea!
Love,
S-Dog

Stubby said...

Hi Tweedles! I really don't stay up all night looking for information, even though it looks like I do. Mom helps me a little because she can stay up later than me. I need my sleep more than Mom needs hers.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi Salinger! I'm so glad your Mom is passing this link on because it really is a cool idea. Mom never mentioned the "Little House on the Prairie" books, so I'll have to ask your mom about them next time I see her.

Stubby xoxo

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi stubby!
oh how wonderful! your mom finds the best things to blog about and share!

i loved nancy drew too!


xoxoxo
m

The Great Rock Eater said...

THe momma went and posted her favorites today!!! Her favorite books were Bunnicula, the Vampire Bunny!!!! She said she loved those books as a kid. Most people don't remember them, but the momma does!!!

Stubby said...

Hi Melissa & Emmitt! This is so cool, isn't it? I'm glad you guys stopped by to check it out.

The more I hear about Nancy Drew the more I want to hear her books. I'm going to ask Mom to get them out tomorrow so that I too can be a fan.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi Lilo! I'm so glad you stopped by and that your momma posted her favorites. Mom has never heard of her books, but she's going to look them up. Tell your momma to read them to you and then you can tell me all about them.

Stubby xoxo