There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
– Marcel Proust, Novelist
Bring Me A Book St. Louis has developed three early childhood literacy programs designed to enhance reading skills to prepare children for reading success in the classroom and beyond:
We place new bookshelves in partner school classrooms containing 35 new high-quality hardback books that have been recognized for outstanding literary merit. Our partners at North Side Community School, City Academy and Eagle College Prep have bookshelves in all pre-kindergarten through first grade classrooms. The literature on each shelf is grade level appropriate and contains a mixture of newer titles such as Pete the Cat and classics such as Make Way for Ducklings and The Little Prince.
The children’s literature is read aloud throughout the year by students, teachers and school volunteers to bolster vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. When students hear the same words over and over again they have a better chance at committing the words to memory and becoming better readers.
Each new wooden bookshelf is made by Community Playthings in Ulster Park, New York which has demonstrated quality craftsmanship over the last one-hundred years. The classroom libraries create a sense of ownership for the students and they take pride in caring for the books throughout the school year. Bring Me A Book St. Louis believes that all students should have the same opportunity to read high-quality literature regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds.
Take Home Books
The Take Home Books program is offered to our partner schools for students in the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten grade levels. Each student carries two books home for eight weeks each semester in a canvas tote bag along with a learning prompt that coincides with each carefully chosen book. The families read the books together at home Monday through Thursday. Our school volunteers ensure the students are reading new literature each week by organizing the bags for the kids.
The Take Home Book program creates a habit of reading together at home and fosters a love of reading in the family. The goal of the program is to facilitate parallel learning activities between home and classroom. Take Home Books become a bridge between home and school and furthers the joy of learning.
First Teachers Workshops
Bring Me A Book St. Louis believes that families are a child’s first teacher and we have designed a series of workshops that encourage parents to utilize learning strategies and read aloud techniques at home. Parents gather in our workshops twice every semester to discover and learn more about childhood brain development and easily attainable read aloud strategies.
We strive to engage and educate parents about the positive benefits that reading in the home can have on childhood development. Our goal is to explain the most recent brain development research to parents and how to have fun everyday with books. At every workshop parents receive a free book for their child that is specifically chosen to create a love of reading at home.
The First Teacher Workshop curriculum highlights:
- Why it is important to read to our children from birth;
- How we overcome challenges to reading aloud and have fun;
- How we create a daily read aloud ritual;
- How we make a read aloud routine fun and effective;
- How we can find the best books to read aloud; and
- The joy of absorbing the music and poetry of language.
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