Guest Post from Page Ahead

A warm welcome to Susan Waller, from Page Ahead, who has popped in to tell us more about the work they do …

We are thrilled to be part of International Book Giving Day – thanks for helping us give kids in need the chance to read!

Page Ahead gives kids in need the chance to read!

“I love my book so much I look at it every day.”
Hannah

Page Ahead is the leading children’s literacy program in the U.S.’ Washington State. We have given more than 2 million new books to 715,000 children in need since 1990. Our books get kids excited about reading, and give them the resources they need to read more.

When school started this year, we heard from a teacher about how our summer reading program, Book Up Summer helped one little boy:

“Juan Carlos started second grade this year – and his reading jumped 5 levels over the summer! We couldn’t believe it! When I asked him how he got so much better over the summer, he said he ‘read all the Book Up Summer books over and over all summer long.’ This is huge success!”
Linda Wheeler, Librarian, Beverly Park Elementary, Seattle, WA, USA

Page Ahead believes that when children get to choose their own books, they read more, and become better readers. Simple! And the better they are at reading, the better they do in school. And the better they do in school, the more likely they are to stay in school and graduate.

“Last year one of my 1st grade students picked a book that her teacher said was too hard. But it was the only book she wanted so I let her take it. This year she came in bubbling about how she was on chapter 6 of that book, she’d been reading it all summer! She was so proud of herself! She wanted it and it was just the motivation she needed! At the last Page Ahead book give-away, she told me that she’d finally finished the book. Proof that if the child chooses the book they will read it, no matter how long it takes.”
Jackie McKenna, Central Elementary, Skagit Valley, USA

How you can help:

  • Visit our website to make a secure online donation
  • Do you live in Washington State? Are you interested in reading with children? Call Jacki to find out about becoming a Story Time Volunteer! 206-461-0123.
  • Donations of new books can be dropped off or mailed to our office in Seattle at Page Ahead, 1130 NW 85th Street, Seattle, WA 98117.

“I really wanted a book so bad! I forgot to say please, and thank you! Thank you. Love books. PS Write back.”
Emeraldina

International Book Giving Day – Part II

I have been literally glued to my computer for …. hours.

The photos keep pouring in. You continue to give books in the most generous manner.  This continues to be such an awesome celebration.

Here are a few more highlights of International Book Giving Day 2014;

75 books given to UPE Primary School in Festac town, Lagos, Nigeria in celebration of International Book Giving Day . Thanks to 1Child 1Book.

75 books given to UPE Primary School in Festac town, Lagos, Nigeria in celebration of International Book Giving Day . Thanks to 1Child 1Book.

Some surprise deliveries in Canada for International Book Giving Day. How beautiful do these look? From Baby Bookworms & Beyond

Some surprise deliveries in Canada for International Book Giving Day. How beautiful do these look? From Baby Bookworms & Beyond

Children's author Edit's wonderful storybooks donated for International Book Giving Day.

Children’s author Edit’s wonderful storybooks donated for International Book Giving Day.

Donation from Allen & Unwin to 100 Story Building in Melbourne, Australia on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Donation from Allen & Unwin to 100 Story Building in Melbourne, Australia on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Author & editor Danny Pearson put these on the train in London,UK ... ready for someone to find on International Book Giving Day.

Author & editor Danny Pearson put these on the train in London,UK … ready for someone to find on International Book Giving Day.

In honour of International Book Giving Day, Solva Woollen Mill and Jackie Morris in a West Wales, UK donated 14 books to the local school in Solva.

In honour of International Book Giving Day, Solva Woollen Mill and Jackie Morris in a West Wales, UK donated 14 books to the local school in Solva.

Books, Babies & Bows gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Books, Babies & Bows gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Illustrator Karl Newson, UK, gives books to the first 3 families he spots on International Book Giving Day 2014.

Illustrator Karl Newson, UK, gives books to the first 3 families he spots on International Book Giving Day 2014.

RCH Education Institute teachers shared their passion for reading today by presenting every inpatient with a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day 2014, with all books generously donated by Scholastic Australia.

RCH Education Institute teachers shared their passion for reading today by presenting every inpatient with a book to celebrate International Book Giving Day 2014, with all books generously donated by Scholastic Australia.

Ardarna House donate books to schools in Tacloban for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Ardarna House donate books to schools in Tacloban for International Book Giving Day 2014.

Lucie arrived in snowy Washington DC last night, determined to make 40 donations for DC Children's Hospital on Friday, Feb. 14 in honor of International Book Giving Day,

Lucie arrived in snowy Washington DC last night, determined to make 40 donations for DC Children’s Hospital on Friday, Feb. 14 in honor of International Book Giving Day,

International Book Giving Day 2014 ~ Part I

Yikes! International Book Giving Day 2014 is half way through.

The response has been awesome.

Wonderful articles have appeared; in The Guardian, UK,  Books & Publishing, Australia and DNAIndia, Mumbai

and you have read this post from Australian Childrens Laureate Jackie French haven’t you?!

Your enthusiasm has been totally infectious.

Enjoy this round up of your wonderful book gifting activities from the last few hours … (more to come later).

Just love this gorgeous smile! International Book Day is VERY exciting, especially when you are clutching Marc Martin's beautiful bookmarks. Thanks to Megan at Children's Book Daily, Australia.

Just love this gorgeous smile! International Book Day is VERY exciting, especially when you are clutching Marc Martin’s beautiful bookmarks. Thanks to Megan at Children’s Book Daily, Australia.

author Jacquelyn Muller gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014

author Jacquelyn Muller gifting books on International Book Giving Day 2014

Thanks to Barefoot Boo, books are appearing in a Doctor's Surgery in Wales, UK.

Thanks to Barefoot Boo, books are appearing in a Doctor’s Surgery in Wales, UK.

We turned an abandoned mail drop box into a free books box and filled it with Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs and other favorite books - in honor of International Book Giving Day ~ Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Los Angeles

We turned an abandoned mail drop box into a free books box and filled it with Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs and other favorite books – in honor of International Book Giving Day ~ Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Los Angeles

Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC Fiji)

Foundation for the Education of Needy Children in Fiji (FENC Fiji)

Duffy Books In Homes kids choosing the books that kids around New Zealand get to pick this year

Duffy Books In Homes kids choosing the books that kids around New Zealand get to pick this year

Author Alison Reynolds about gift books with a little helper, in Australia.

Author Alison Reynolds about gift books with a little helper, in Australia.

Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK. Celebrating International Book Giving Day 2014 by offering their customers a 'blind date with a book'. £1 from each sale goes to Room to Read. Love it!!

Golden Hare Books in Edinburgh, UK. Celebrating International Book Giving Day 2014 by offering their customers a ‘blind date with a book’. £1 from each sale goes to Room to Read. Love it!!

A fabulous idea from Jo at My Organized Chaos - it even inspired Foster's Little Bookshop in Australia with a great idea too

A fabulous idea from Jo at My Organized Chaos – it even inspired Foster’s Little Bookshop in Australia with a great idea too

The Rainbow Library, thanks to Carmen Haselup. A wonderful idea! This is set up every year ... ready for International Book Giving Day. A wonderful collection of books, in a school, for children to choose ... and take home & keep.

The Rainbow Library, thanks to Carmen Haselup. A wonderful idea! This is set up every year … ready for International Book Giving Day. A wonderful collection of books, in a school, for children to choose … and take home & keep.

Thanks guys – you are fabulous!

Keep your pics coming – remember to include #giveabook on all your Tweets!

Support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation on IBGD

Indigenous Literacy Foundation – promoting literacy in remote communities

By Tina Raye, Program Manager

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation has helped communities, families and children in remote locations access more than 100,000 books over the last four years. We have a strong focus on early literacy, with our third Book Buzz kit of 10 board and cloths books being launched early this year out in the Ngaanyatjarra lands in WA. Our Buzz packs have generated the most outstanding responses to books from young children and families in some of the remotest parts of the country.

Last year, with the support of the many generous individuals, schools and businesses, our Foundation delivered 25,000 books to over 200 remote communities. Some of these books are carefully selected in consultation with Indigenous elders, mothers and children, for babies and toddlers and their families; others are specially chosen by an expert panel and cover a larger range of audiences from babies to adults. We also gift books that we have published back to the community, and often to surrounding communities.

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Last year I had the privilege of meeting many elders and other community members in communities across WA and NT. These visits have allowed us to listen and learn about community and from this develop our literacy projects. The need for books in first language is becoming more and more evident. We support first language and culture and last year published dual language children’s books in English and seven Indigenous languages, and worked towards translating another nine books into two first languages. This is an incredibly powerful project because it gives Indigenous people the power of choice and shows that their language is valued.

 “Having the books in language has given [the mothers] confidence and empowered them to be teachers to their children.”

Anne Shinkfield, Early Years’ Program Regional Coordinator, Warburton Community.

Many Indigenous children from remote and isolated locations became published authors with the help of our Foundation, and with partnerships with other organisations. These books (including How Does Your Garden Grow, The Yakanarra Dogs and  A Yakanarra Day and Growing Up in Nyirrpi) recount children’s adventures of living in community and showcase the uniqueness of their part of the world. We all can image the feeling of seeing your very own published book for the first time… but what we were able to witness was extraordinary.

To watch as children who continue to face ongoing difficulties and challenges in a western education system have their stories recognised as worthy to be made into an actual book! Priceless!

This year we will be building on our existing programs.  We hope that you will be part of our journey and continue to show your generous support. We don’t accept book donations, because all the books that we send out to remote communities are carefully selected and supplied through an offsite warehouse system. However, you can support us with a book: Get Caught Reading on International Book Day!

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Happy International Book Giving Day!

Happy International Book Giving Day to each and every one  of you giving books to kids today! It is a pleasure to have you joining us from Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria!

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Five things you can do today to celebrate!

  • Give a book to a child as a Valentine’s Day present.
  • Borrow a book from the library, and share it with a child.
  • Rifle through your bookshelves for children’s books that could use a better home, and donate them to a good cause within the next week. Consider donating your books to your local library, second hand store, children’s hospital, shelter, after-school program etc.
  • Identify a waiting room with few to no good children’s books, and commit to leaving a book in that waiting room within the next week.
Barney Saltzberg was inspired to write this poem after International Book Giving Day 2012.

Barney Saltzberg was inspired to write this poem after International Book Giving Day 2012.

Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day!

  • If you haven’t already, decide how you will celebrate International Book Giving Day, and add your name to our list of people giving books to kids for International Book Giving Day.
  • Connect with others celebrating International Book Giving Day via Facebook or Twitter.
  • Lastly, enjoy the photos and stories that people are sending in about their acts of giving. See photos & stories.
Today is the Greatest