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“To a Child that has hardly anything, a book is EVERYTHING” — Sue H.
The YCB “Our Books to You” program was developed as an opportunity to continue our mission of providing FREE new and gently used books to disadvantaged families and children during these trying times.
Given these trying times Your Children’s Bookshelf has continued to strive on making books available to children to help foster literacy.
The “Our Books to You” Program has allowed us the ability to help those families that may not have access to books of any kinds. A study from (Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31) In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.
In working with our Program Partners, Your Children’s Bookshelf was able to pivot this year from our Book Fairs and Book Certificate Programs to “Our Books to You” Program. This has allowed us to get FREE books securely for any occasion (Back 2 School, Holiday Programs, Summer Programs, at-home-reading and other).
The YCB “Our Books to You” program aims to foster the love of reading by providing reading opportunities to children in-need at home. Each Tote is filled with up to 6 age-appropriate books.