Improving attitudes about reading at home and school
Bring Me A Book St. Louis is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that strives to improve early childhood literacy and inspire children to read every day with their families. We focus on providing award winning and inspirational hardbound books to children in underserved neighborhoods. The books we provide spark imaginations and improve attitudes about reading in a child’s early childhood years and beyond. Our mission strives to eliminate the literacy gap and encourage children to have fun reading everyday. We strive to choose books that mirror the communities we serve.
Bring Me A Book St. Louis has developed four literacy programs designed to enhance reading skills to prepare children for reading success and improve attitudes about reading.
Home Library Book Boxes
Children are given a custom wooden handmade Book Box to store their free books delivered by our Book Bus. These little Book Box Libraries provide a sense of ownership and a special place for the kids to keep the books that they selected.
Book Bus Bookmobile
We take our read-aloud mission on the road with our Book Bus and travel to community events, schools, and other events. Our Book Bus is modeled after the classic bookmobile to bring new curated free books to children.
We have placed over 100 classroom libraries at over 20 elementary schools and community centers across St. Louis. Each new wooden open face bookshelf contains 35 grade level appropriate titles that have been recognized for outstanding literary merit. The shelves are specifically designed to display the front cover of books with the goal of capturing a child’s imagination in the classroom.
Read To Me Take Home Books
Students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade carry a canvas bag home from school each week containing one high-quality hard back book to read aloud with their families. This program fosters a love of reading and creates a habit of reading together at home. Each child cycles through all twenty-five book bags throughout the school year.
If parents understood the huge educational benefits and intense happiness brought about by reading aloud to their children, and if every parent – and every adult caring for a child – read aloud a minimum of three stories a day to the children in their lives, we could probably wipe out illiteracy within one generation.
– Mem Fox, Author of Reading Magic
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