2010 Success By 6 Book Drive; Thousands Of People Donating
SPOKANE, Wash. - "Goodnight Moon," "Are you My Mother?" and "Green Eggs and Ham"- classic books that are the stuff of childhood memories for most of us.
But there are many kids in our community that aren't creating warm memories reading with their parents, because there are no books at home.
"We know that reading to our children is an important building block for success," says Gwendolyn Haley, Youth Services Coordinator for the Spokane County Library District. "Long term research has demonstrated that having books in the home is twice as important as the father's educational level in terms of determining a child's educational attainment. Making books available in the home helps children develop a lifelong love of reading. As few as twenty books can make a big difference--that's a lot of bang for the book!"
You can give a child a book to call their own by donating to the 14th annual Success By 6 Children's Book Drive kicking off later this month. We're looking for donations of new or gently used children's books appropriate for kids from birth to age 6.
KHQ-TV, with support from our Success By 6 sponsors AmericanWest Bank and American Family Insurance, is collecting books to be given to children who don't have books at home—and we would like to invite you to help.
The KHQ Success By 6 Children's Book Drive is an annual event designed to collect new or gently used books for children who may not have any books in their home. Books will be given to the Success By 6 Book Bank, run by Kiwanis Club volunteers, which provide books to agencies, groups and organizations that serve young children. Over the past 13 years, the Success By 6 Book Bank has distributed over 100,000 books to children in the community.
There is a special need for "Board Books" (cardboard books) for babies and toddlers—since they tend to chew on these books and it's rare to find used ones in good condition.
So check out your child's bookshelf for books they've outgrown, or visit garage sales or thrift stores to buy inexpensive used books in good condition. Or perhaps donate a copy of your favorite children's book! Check back to this website soon for donation locations.
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