“My daughter loves books. She always wants more more more!” –Literacy Partners Student, Bronx
This month, Literacy Partners answered the need for more books by providing more than 800 books to our students’ children as part of our Books of Their Own program. Books were distributed to our students throughout all five boroughs.
Each term, our students are able to choose from a wide selection of age- and culturally appropriate books to start and expand their own home libraries. Our students are able to pick which books they think their children will like:
“I chose this book because I know my daughter will like the female character in the story.” -Literacy Partners Student, Queens
“I chose this book because my son likes stories with animals.” -Literacy Partners Student, Queens
Growing up with books in the home is highly correlated with school readiness and early reading comprehension skills, which are fundamental to a child’s development. By providing books to our students, Literacy Partners families are able to read and learn in tandem, developing their love of literature and of each other. We help make family reading a daily habit, as both our students and their children build a bond through reading together in English.
“With books, the family connection is very beautiful.” –Literacy Partners Student, Bronx
“Books open [my daughter] to new worlds.” –Literacy Partners Student, Bronx
“Every night my daughter asks me, “Mom, please read for me to fall asleep.” -Literacy Partners Student, Queens
Literacy Partners is extremely appreciative of the publishers that donated books: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. We also thank our funders who support this program: The Cleveland Dodge Foundation, the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, and MUFG. See more photos from our distribution in Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.