CELEBS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS WITH BOOKMENTORS
While budget cuts continue to hold back many public schools from purchasing new books, the number of “Book Mentors” willing to provide those books is growing.
BookMentors asked a few of our favorite celebrity reading advocates to share a children’s book that touched their lives, hoping it will inspire more people to donate books through the site.
(Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder)
“I am re-reading “The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Juster” now with my siz-year-old
and the wisdom is still so relevant and hilarious!”
David Alan Basche (The Exes)
“I lost my Dad when I was just 6 years old. So the message of Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman is especially important to me. The book is a great way to instill in my 6 year old daughter the idea that my love will never leave her!”
“I wrote the book What Are You Hungry For?: Feed Your Tummy and Your Heart to shed light on children’s emotional nourishment needs. When parents read this book to their children, it gets the conversation about feelings going early, and the difference between the importance of nourishing your heart and nourishing a healthy body.”
Connecting teachers, librarians, and students in need of books with donors supporting literacy, reading, and education, BookMentors uses micropatronage to solve book access problems in high-poverty schools.
A space for anyone passionate about the power of books, the Web site enables readers, writers, publishers, and teachers to connect and share information about children’s and YA literature. Unique features include virtual book drives, which allow parent, teacher, and community organizations to request and donate books, using leaderboards as a charitable gamification incentive.
The site was founded by former urban teacher and literacy coach Jen Soalt, but is run through a board of dedicated volunteers located across the country.
BookMentors allows teachers to ask for the particular book or books they really need, not just any donated old books that won’t meet the needs and preferences of individual students or teaching curriculum.