Melissa Kirkpatrick wrote -
Brian has chosen Book Trust as his charity for team pink. We've already started a collection of books for little one, and he or she gets read a chapter every night ;) We believe that all children should have access to the magic of books, which can make a lifelong impact.
About Book Trust:
Book Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children from low-income families to choose and own books, inspiring a passion for reading and cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning. Access to books and reading materials is the most significant barrier to literacy. In areas of poverty, the ratio of books to children is 1 book for every 300 children, a figure contributing to the literacy gap between low income and affluent families.
Studies prove book choice and ownership are fundamental in promoting literacy. Children who are free to choose what to read are more likely to read, and the number of books in a home has the same impact on a child’s level of educational attainment as parental education levels. The Book Trust Program provides students with the opportunity to fall in love with reading by choosing their own books and building a home library.
Today, Book Trust serves over 38,000 kids in 15 states and operates in over 120 schools with high populations of low income students. In addition to providing access to books, Book Trust offers resources and support to teachers and families, helping to cultivate a love of reading in the classroom and in the home. They run a program in schools that lets low income kids buy books from the Scholastic catalog each month to start their own home library, increase literacy and instill a lifetime love of reading.
The program is a complete curriculum that teachers agree to, and in turn, each child gets a certain amount to select their books. Kids learn about budgeting (ie multiple cheaper books or one really cool big book) and they throw some geography in the curriculum when they track the shipping of their "book box". Some teachers also make a big deal about Book Box Delivery Day each month with guest readers, etc.
Learn more about The Book Trust here: http://www.booktrust.org/about/