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Booksgiving Day -- FREE Children's Book for kids who come to Storytime!

How about a new holiday to kick off the season? Let's call it BOOKSGIVING DAY. Why, you ask? Well, our friends at the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy recently shared some startling facts with us.

Did you know...

  • The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to starting school?
  • Exposure to books and stories in early childhood is a vital part of developing a child’s ability to read and write?
  • The availability of reading material in the home is a strong predictor of later academic achievement?

And, most importantly, did you know...

  • 61% of low income families have no books in their homes?

Supporting literacy and providing books to families is key to our Half Price Books mission! We've already surpassed our goal to donate 1 million books in 2013. But that's not stopping us! Join us at your neighborhood Half Price Books location on Booksgiving Day, Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. Every child who attends will receive a free book to take home and add to their library, or start a new one!

If you aren't a kid but want to participate, how about picking up a copy of your favorite kid's book and sharing it with a special child in your life? 

Let's get a book to every child, in every home! BW, the Half Price Books Bookworm, and I will see you there!

The books donated on Booksgiving Day are part of Half Price Books Million Book Donation Project, which has donated more than 1.2 million books to non-profit organizations and schools in 2013.

Special thanks to our friends at the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy who advocate for, and help to establish literacy as a value in every home...and whose vision is 100% literacy in America! 


Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @Bexican75.

Reader Comments (11)

My child sure would love a free book she loves when we read to her before bedtime

November 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKayla Santero

How wonderful! I hope that you have a great turnout across this nation, especially children who do not have that many books at home. I hope that in the giving that somehow parents are encouraged to read daily to their children. Even if they cannot afford to buy books, I hope that they will get library cards so that they can check out the wonderful books at any library.
Becky M, Blanco, TX

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Just wondering why you are doing this at this time. Most kids nap right after lunch.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Do you give a book to an adult, or do you give them only to the children who are with an adult? What a wonderful program!!! Yes, it is indeed essential to get books into the hands of children. Thank you, Debbie W

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Willis

I am so excited to be a part of this. This is one of the things I do on a regularly basis and that is 'give books away'.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Launza

I just want to share my thoughts and feelings regarding this "literacy story," and the facts about 61% of low income homes have no reading material. This is very sad. I have many to donate and in perfect condition if there is a place to donate locally to me. I live near the Half Price Books in Mentor, Ohio 44060.

Thank you,
Michelle L.

I'm a very firm believer in books, and reading. :) Thanks to all involved in this project. I wish more would think on this page.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

What a fantastic idea! What about donating books to preschools who serve at-risk families? I would love to bring my pre-class to Half-Price books and let each child pick out a book. Our class is Tuesday-Friday.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Shelton

WOW, this is an awesome event! Thanks for sharing your childrens books!

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

What's the exact age limit for being a 'kid'? I'm 13..and I consider myself a kid.

November 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

This is a great foundation to have. My grandchildren will be in Austin with their Popo but I will let him know so he can take them over there........Thanks. :)

November 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLilllian Rivas

Thank you HPB for hosting such a special and generous event. My daughter had a great time at her first storytime reading at our local HPB in Fremont. The store personnel were wonderfully engaging storytellers and all the kiddos were super happy to be able to take a book home with them. I love books and I think it's so wonderful that you are taking such initiative to spread the joy of reading to the younger ones. Thanks again and happy books giving!!

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

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