Building Home Libraries... One Child at a Time!
At My Own Books, our dream is to see all children from birth through elementary school having a "bunch" of nice books of their own to read and enjoy. The impact of accomplishing this goal is powerful. Putting books in homes and encouraging daily read-a-loud time with the parents or other adults is the best pro-active measure to assure future literacy skills. We not only want to have students gain the necessary reading skills to meet or excel at their grade level more importantly our ultimate goal is to help instill a lifetime love of reading.
Students in need will be given the opportunity to select 5-15 books (depending on size of the group) The books will be an assortment of new and gently-used books. Gently used books are included to maximize the number of books offered to each child. We bring a large variety of books to the distribution site sorted into five interest and ability levels. We believe that each book a child owns is an "appetizer" for library use.
Book ownership is important in fostering a love of reading. If parents are to read to their children, they need to have the books readily available. Children feel pride in owning their own books and having a special place to display them. They develop confidence in reading and acquire mastery when books are easily within reach and can be read again and again. Therefore, students will also be given a small bookcase, book tub, tote bag or bookends for transport and/or display the books.
My Own Books began in 2007 with 50-75 books given away at a local food bank in Northwest, Iowa. It soon branched out to schools in the area. December of 2010, we decided to extend the project to our winter home in Arizona. We continue to distribute 200-400 books monthly at a Mesa food bank, but the majority of the books go to local schools that have a the largest percentage of children in need. Currently, we work with six elementary schools. What started with 50 books has now reached over 23,000 books given away.
The need for books far outreaches our supply,
so donations are always welcome!
As of October 25, 2015
Our Iowa Project
Number of books distributed: 8,629
Our Arizona Project
Number of books distributed: 20,215
Number of books distributed: total 2,254
GRAND TOTAL OF BOOKS DISTRIBUTED is 33,908
Check back often to see our progress!