WE’RE GIVING AWAY 422,000 FREE BOOKS TO KIDS THIS SUMMER
And we need YOU to help us deliver them. Don’t worry, you won’t need to rent a car or drive a forklift. Simply donate any amount today to help defray the shipping costs—just under $0.06 per book—to send 422,000 free books to kids across the country, in of one of the most impactful programs in the National Book Foundation’s’ nearly 70-year history: Book Rich Environments. (New York City donors, see below for how to support this CrowdRise AND come to a fun summer shindig.)
TURNING BOOK DESERTS INTO BOOK OASES
When books are scarce at home, when local bookstores are distant or nonexistent, when the only books at retail stores are coloring books, when school libraries are closed for the summer, when families are unfamiliar with resources that public libraries may offer—“book deserts” are formed. This nationwide problem is particularly exacerbated in areas with low household incomes.
Book Rich Environments is helping turn these book deserts into book oases. By distributing free books to children and families living in public assisted housing, the National Book Foundation is encouraging the thrill of book ownership and the pure joy of reading. For many children, the books they receive through this program will be the first books they have ever personally owned. From Montana to Massachusetts, from Texas to the Bronx, from Ohio to Arizona, 37 communities in 19 states will come together this summer to read, share, and celebrate the books they receive.
THE BEST BOOKS
The generosity of the book publishing community for this project has been overwhelming. They came together as never before, with eight publishers, including the five largest publishers in America, providing hundreds of thousands of free, high-quality, diverse, age-appropriate, brand-new books that were then specially chosen by our Director of Education and tailored to the needs of each community. The books include those by beloved children’s and YA authors Margaret Wise Brown, Evelyn Coleman, Donald Crews, Tomie dePaola, Arthur Dorros, John Green, and Sabaa Tahir, as well as Gwendolyn Brooks, Beverly Cleary, Madeleine L’Engle, Meg Medina, Katherine Paterson, and Neal Shusterman.
BUT NOT JUST BOOKS
Each of our local public housing authority partners will hold at least three book-giveaway events in summer 2018. Last year these festivities included a community barbeque in Cincinnati, a scavenger hunt in Springfield, MA, and an innovative plan to turn the otherwise tedious process of public housing renewal into a family-friendly book-giveaway event in Houston. In addition, the local public libraries and other local literary partners will be on hand to sign up families for library cards and connect them to more reading resources in their communities.
THE COST: SIX CENTS PER BOOK
Book Rich Environments is such an ambitious program that, frankly, when we decided to launch it last year, we really didn’t know if we could pull it off. But we did, and we made a huge difference! An amazing coalition of dozens of organizations came together, now led by the National Book Foundation. Last year the program put 270,000 books into the hands of children. This year we’re increasing that amount to 422,000. The books have already been donated, and the partners are all standing by to receive them. The book giveaways will start in June 2018—if we can raise the funds for shipping them.
This will cost $25,000—just under $0.06 per book. That means your donation of $10 will ship 167 books, $25 will ship 417 books, and $50 will ship 833 books. Help us get these books off the trucks and into the hands of deserving kids by making a tax-deductible donation in any amount today. Thank you!
NEW YORK CITY DONORS:
We are also hosting a summer party with proceeds supporting Book Rich Environments! If you're interested in attending the party on June 14, you can find the Eventbrite page here. Ticket sales for the party will go toward meeting this CrowdRise goal.
Book Rich Environments would not be possible without our generous publishing partners: Algonquin Books for Young Readers/Workman Publishing, Candlewick Press, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins Publishers, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, Scholastic Inc., and Simon & Schuster
Our program partners: U.S. Department of Education, U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, Urban Libraries Council, National Center for Families Learning
Our local HUD partners, representing 37 public housing authorities in 19 states. Find out if Book Rich Environments is coming to your town. A full list of local HUD partners can be found here.