We thank you for your book program. We were able to collect 663 books to give to 44 students. They will read these books to their children. These gifts have encouraged and supported teen parents to become the best parents they can become.
Thank you again for the massive start to my first classroom library. This is the most amazing place I have ever seen. It is better than Disneyland! I would never be able to start the school year with such an amazing collection of books for my new classroom without this program. My students and I will be forever grateful.
Thank you so very much for the books, and for caring so greatly for our impoverished students. I just wanted you to know how much our school values the work that you and your volunteers do. The free books that we got will make it home with students to keep and use as an important resource. Many of our students don’t have a book at home just for them, and now they will. Thanks to you, each needy student will now have a book in their possession which will help cultivate a lifelong love of reading.
With great gratitude from the bottom of my heart,
Today I was working with almost 5 year old girl. Her mother mentioned that she did not have any books at home. It felt wonderful to be able to give her several books for her to read to her child. This particular family is part of an underserved community and it felt great to be able to give her something that is critical for her child’s academic development. I have been going to the Children’s Book Project for almost 5 years. Without your support I wouldn’t have been able to give my students quality books all of these years. Thank you so much!!
I am beyond grateful for how the Children’s Book Project has expanded my classroom library the last 2.5 years. My students’ attitude towards reading went from reluctant to intrinsically motivated; reading has captured their hearts because of the outpouring of books that I bring back to the class. I even had students this year email me (when they were working independently in their homeroom class), “Mrs. W., I love reading!” and “I used to not like to read, but I do now.” My student are hooked on books—finding their favorite author (which naturally leads to more reading), discovering genres they like and some that they’ve never explored. I’m always having to buy more book bins because my library keeps expanding—a good problem to have!
Thank you for all the wonderful books and lovely advice. It’s a wonderful way to start the school year. Your organization is inspiring!
I’ve been giving out books [from CBP’s Read Aloud Coalition] for 11 years. These donated books make a HUGE impact on the families I serve. I work with Spanish-speaking families that most of the time do not have the resources to have many books at home, and many times they don’t have even one book. [During one] home assessment, I asked a 2 1/2 year old to point at the picture of a horse in a book…his mother said, “He has never seen a horse in real life or in books; he only has one book of cars we got from a clinic, but he doesn’t have a book of animals.” This example is to point out how some families do not have the resources to buy books for their children.
I feel so happy when I can leave 1, 2 or 3 books at a house; many times I leave books for each child in the family. I also keep books in my office when I have families come in to see me. The children are always really happy to get a book from me, and the parents also always express gratitude. Again, thank you for your great Read Aloud program.