Random Booking #2
My second random booking happened today on the #45 bus from Franklin Park . (I was headed to Merengue Restaurant . – if you’ve never been, I recommend it, delicious Dominican food. in a tropic-inspired atmosphere). Another young mother, one of her legs in a cast, had two young children with her – a baby in a stroller and a 2 year old walking. After asking her if I could give her daughter a book as a gift, she said, “Yes, we love books.” I gave her “Whose Knees Are These” a board book. They both gave me megawatt smiles.
BlogHer.com & BookRenter book donation drive
BlogHer.com, to which I am a contributing editor, has a book drive going. The details are below.
BlogHer and BookRenter, a company that rents textbooks to college students, are launching a book donation drive. We’re asking people to go to BlogHer.com and leave a comment sharing the book that’s had the greatest impact on their life.
Bookrenter will be donating 1 book for every comment left on the post from May 3-28 — up to 1,000 books — to kids in need. They will be donated on behalf of BlogHer.com to Head Start through FirstBook.
THE FACTS: Books Are Shockingly Scarce for Kids in Need
• In low-income neighborhoods there is an average of only one book for every 300 children, compared to 13 books for every child in middle-income neighborhoods.
• 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children.
• 70% of 4th graders from low-income families in the US score ‘below proficiency’ in reading.
• 85% of juvenile offenders have reading problems.
• Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty
• Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty.
Click below to participate.
Thank you so much.
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