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Put a book on every bed

bookonbedThe other day I read this wonderful idea in the paper in the “Ask Amy” column. It was about a literacy campaign that she launched with the Family Reading Partnership called “A Book on Every Bed.” The idea is to put a million books at the foot of a million beds for a million children on Christmas morning. What a WONDERFUL idea! It’s a tradition I plan to start this year with my own children (two of which are well beyond the preschool years – but I think they will still get a kick out of it!) It is such a simple idea – and one that doesn’t even need to cost anything – the book you give can be one that is passed down. Here is the idea:

Take a book.

Wrap it.

Place it on a child’s bed so it’s the first thing the child sees on Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate).

That’s it.

A Book on Every Bed” is an appeal to spread the love of reading from parents to children. As early educators we know that a love of literacy starts EARLY. Children who are exposed to books and stories while they are young will be more likely to have a love of reading throughout their life.

What can we do help to put a book on every bed?? If you work at a preschool or child care center, how about ….

Holding a book swap with the families at your center

Collecting used books in good condition and donating them to a women’s shelter

Organize a Scholastic book fair and take your profit in books to donate

DO YOU HAVE OTHER IDEAS?? Please share them!

VIDEO: Amy Dickinson and Sahela reading

Image credit: Amy Dickinson and the Family Reading Partnership


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