Hi there readers!
So...I was all prepared to bring you reviews a plenty today, especially with the blog silence this weekend (sorry about that...work got WAY busier than expected and WHEW, incorrent blogger = not such good reading material), but just as I was typing up the post...something happened. I got an email!
Okay, so THAT'S not news, but what was IN the email IS....and it's something YOU NEED TO TAKE NOTE OF. Bloggers, readers, lovers of the written work in print or electronic form....lend me your eyes for just a moment as I share with you the information I just received about a FANTASTIC endeavor to bring books into the lives of children across the country.
Straight from the "press release"....get ready to READ ALL ABOUT IT....
Scholastic Launches “One Million Bookprints for One Million Books” Campaign to Donate New Books to Children in Need
For Every Person who Creates a “Bookprint” at the Online Community, youarewhatyouread.com, a New Children’s Book will be Donated to Reach Out and Read
New York – December 12, 2011 – A new campaign, ONE MILLION BOOKPRINTS FOR ONE MILLION BOOKS, kicks off today, inviting readers of all ages to create a “Bookprint” at the online community, youarewhatyouread.com. For every Bookprint created, Scholastic Book Clubs will donate a new book to a child in need (up to one million books). Books will be distributed through the national school readiness initiative Reach Out and Read.
What’s a “Bookprint”? The five books that most impact someone’s life comprise their Bookprint. They can be children’s or adult books and Bookprints can change over time. On the “You Are What You Read” website, more than 200 “Names You Know” from entertainers to authors to journalists and even two U.S. presidents have shared their Bookprints. The donation launches with 20,000 books – one book for each of the 20,000 Bookprints created by users already on youarewhatyouread.com.
The One Million Bookprints for One Million Books campaign is part of Scholastic Book Clubs annual ClassroomsCare program which helps teachers engage their students around the importance of reading and giving.
The One Million Bookprints for One Million Books Campaign comes at a critical time for children’s literacy organizations such as Reach Out and Read and Reading Is Fundamental. Recent government funding cuts are straining these organizations that provide books to the neediest children and critical advice to parents on how to develop their children’s early literacy skills at home. “It is crucial for reading to begin at a young age and for all children to have books in their home,” says Earl Martin Phalen, CEO of Reach Out and Rea
d. “The recent loss of government funding has impacted the ability of literacy organizations to continue to get books into the hands of children in need, so we thank everyone who creates a Bookprint in support of this campaign.”
In addition to making a donation of a book to a child, by creating a Bookprint at http://www.youarewhatyouread.com/, participants will:
· Join 205+ famous reading role models, including: Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Gates, Paulo Coelho, Oprah Winfrey, Scarlett Johansson, Suzanne Collins, Tony Hawk, Taylor Swift, Daniel Radcliffe, President William Jefferson Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, and many others
· Connect with book lovers, similar readers from 140 countries and discover new reads based on books in other Bookprints
· Enter a safe social network all about books with two separate communities – one for adults, the other for children under 13 years old
· Find a book at a local library
Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning at 6 months of age. The more than 3.9 million children served annually by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and they enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed, with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills, and a six-month developmental edge over their peers.
Reach Out and Read doctors and nurses distribute more than 6.4 million books to children at 4,779 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics, and health centers in all 50 states, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities.
For more information on the Read Every Day campaign, visit http://www.scholastic.com/readeveryday.
For more information about Scholastic, visit our Media Room at http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/youarewhatyouread.
So...what are you waiting for?
Not me I hope.
I've already created my bookprint....now it's YOUR TURN.
Help spread the joys of the written word with the next generation....
...and until next time....happy reading!