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We're celebrating all week by GIVING!!!
Growing up, my favorite book was . . .
I never owned a copy until I was an adult, because we couldn't afford to buy books when I was a kid. I'd borrow it from the Northeast Regional Library of Philadelphia again and again.
That's why I'm so excited that OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEEN is now available in paperback! It means this fun story of a determined girl to accept her family and reach her dream against all odds will get into more young hands.
If you're thinking of buying a copy, won't you consider donating it to a young reader, a local elementary or middle school, a public library, a children's hospital or a children's literacy organization?
If you want to make a bigger impact, how about providing a copy for every 4th, 5th or 6th grade student at a Title I school? (Bonus good karma if you support your local indie bookseller with your purchase.)
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Thank you in advance for your support!
Now, it's my turn to GIVE!
Because I'm passionate about opportunities to get kids reading, I will donate $200.00 to a children's literacy-based organization.
YOU will choose which one gets the cash . . .
1. RIF -- Reading is Fundamental. RIF's highest priority is reaching under-served children from birth to age 8.
2. FIRST BOOK -- Their programs provide access to new books for children in need.
3. REACH OUT AND READ -- Promotes early literacy through books given out by thousands of pediatricians in all 50 states.
4. IF I CAN READ, I CAN DO ANYTHING -- A national reading club for Native American children.
5. THE READING CONNECTION -- Dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading.
6. KIDS NEED TO READ -- Provides inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.
PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE for one of these six organizations in the comments section. (The organization with the most votes will get the $200.00.)
And drop by Friday, when a BIG GIVEAWAY will be announced!!!
Amazing Addendum: Within an hour of this blog post, an educator from a Title I school in Orlando, who understands firsthand how important it is to get books into kids' hands, decided to match the $200 donation to one of these six organizations. So vote, people. Vote! (Thank you S.R. for your generosity. You inspire me . . . and made me cry a little.)