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!