I have the incredible honor of partnering with the amazing Bess The Book Bus to help spread book joy! Through generous donations, Bess The Book Bus will be supplying high quality books for me to share with local kids & schools who need them most. I'm so excited & grateful to share my reading advocacy journey with such an extraordinary literacy organization. I'll be sharing books on Giving Tuesday, National Read Across America Day and Children's Book Week. To find out more about all the wonderful contributions Bess the Bus is making to help narrow the academic achievement gap, while also inspiring kids to read, visit Bess The Book Bus website at: www.bessthebookbus.org
Since my book journey began, I've learned so much about the importance of being a literary advocate! Sharing my book journey started with me sharing my love of reading, but now I see now how important it is to try and inspire others to start their own reading journey! Unfortunately, not all kids have the access to stories and not all kids get the same opportunities to attend book events!
There are many ways to become an advocate for literacy. Here are some examples of ways you can begin (or continue) your path to celebrating and promoting books, reading and learning!
WHAT IS A LITERACY ADVOCATE?
A literacy advocate supports or speaks out for someone else’s educational needs or rights in reading, writing, and language. When you advocate, you may focus on one child’s needs, issues for many children, or ways to teach and learn.
There are many organizations that promote literacy. You can find a few listed on this page below.
In honor of National Library Day, I sat down in-person with literacy advocate and book hero Peter Coyl! Peter is the Library Director & CEO of California’s fourth-largest library system! Peter oversees Sacramento's 28 public library locations serving Sacramento County. Peter is a FREADOM advocate and speaks up & fights against book banning, and he's a supporter of diverse books too! Like me, Peter started his reading journey at a young age and has been advocating for literacy throughout his life! It was a big honor to interview Peter and I learned so much during our talk! Watch our interview and be inspired! Follow Peter's journey here: https://www.adventuresofaguybrarian.com/
Jennifer is truly a literacy hero, changing kids' lives one read at a time, and it was an honor and privilege to speak with her on E Train Talks! Jennifer is a supercharged literacy hero and champion of the reading kind, in fact, Jennifer’s Bess the Book Bus shares around 50,000 books with kids in dozens of states across the US each year. And, in 2022, Bess the Book Bus celebrated its 20th birthday and gave away their millionth book! I have so much admiration for what Jennifer is doing and I’m beyond thrilled to have Jennifer here today to share her amazing story.
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview author, illustrator and literacy advocate, Jarrett Lerner! Jarrett has written and illustrated four graphic novel series! Jarret’s books feature fun and lovable characters, as well as meaningful themes like empathy, acceptance and friendship! Aside from working on books, Jarrett spends a lot of his time advocating for literacy. He co-founded and co-organizes the #KidsNeedMentors and #KidsNeedBooks programs, and he’s the creator of Jarrett Lerner’s Creator Club. All this, plus he makes time to visit schools and libraries spreading reading joy to kids! Jarrett is definitely a literacy hero!
In this Interview, I talk with three amazing authors, who are changing the world one book at a time!
Heather Clark, Debut MG Author & Founder of "Tween Author Boot Camp," Jen Jenkins , Author & Executive Director of "Teen Author Boot Camp," and, New York Times Bestselling Author, and creator of "Book Drop," Jennifer A. Nielsen!
Watch and learn about their literacy advocacy non-profit "Teen/Tween Author Boot Camp," and their upcoming events and partnerships!
Find out how you can support their meaningful cause by visiting teenauthorbootcamp.com for more information!
In this interview, I talk everything literacy with the founder of Bernie's Book Bank & FReadom USA, Brian Floriani!
His insights were inspiring & interesting! Be sure to watch our chat to learn the ins and outs of advocating for kids in need of reads! Check out www.freadomusa.com and www.berniesbookbank.org for more info!
Inspiring change, one book at a time. 📚 Rise Up supports literacy projects, book donations, classroom resources & grants.
Mobile literacy outreach dedicated to narrowing the academic achievement gap in asset limited communities by making the joy of book ownership a reality.
Your source for improving outcomes for students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.
End Book Deserts advocates for children in high-poverty areas who lack basic access to age-appropriate books, high-quality reading materials, and book culture. Through advocacy, fundraising, and author outreach, we strive to eradicate book deserts, get the right book into the hands of the right reader, and promote lifelong reading for all children.
The Coalition for Literacy Equity (CLE) works to ensure that all children have access to books and reading culture. Through programming, advocacy, research, and collaboration, we promote lifelong literacy for enjoyment, engagement, and empowerment.
Little Free Library is a nonprofit that builds community, inspires readers, and expands book access through a global network of volunteer-led little libraries.
We foster ❤️ of Learning Through Arts Integration ❤of Reading and Literacy ❤STEM Projects & Programs
Being able to read is the most critical skill for anyone who wants to fully claim and realize the freedoms America promises; this is why Freadom exists. Freadom is a social enterprise created to accelerate and amplify the awareness of and advance the cause for literacy.
Freadom designs and sells high-quality, responsibly made apparel and products from which 100% of the net profit supports literacy initiatives throughout America.
We collect and donate culturally relevant books to schools. EVERY child should have the opportunity to see themselves reflected in a book.
Our Mission To purposefully supply students, classrooms, and public libraries with culturally relevant children's books to progress diversity and inclusion through literature.
We're a nonprofit supporting teachers and students in the USA's highest-need communities with books and educational resources.
First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. We provide books and other resources to classrooms and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18, in order to remove barriers to quality education for all kids.
Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders who confront educational inequity by teaching for at least two years and then working with unwavering commitment from every sector of society to create a nation free from this injustice.
As educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community members, we fight for the aspirations of students and families.
Book Fairies around the world are hiding books for people to find, read and leave for someone else! Click on the link and find out how to become a book fairy #ibelieveinbookfairies
Click the link to donate books for kids!
Donate book joy, one book at a time, to a Classroom of Kids!