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G’s first grade teacher sends home a note each week recapping what they did in the classroom. It’s a great way to stay in touch with what he’s learning, particularly because he normally tells me about gym and recess and skips the academic stuff.
Last week, his teacher introduced the class to a website called WeGiveBooks.org. The website offers children’s books online to read free of charge.
Free books, of course, is a great feature, especially for parents who might not have the funds to stock a library in their home. But We Give Books takes their website a step further. For every book you read, a book is donated to one of their campaigns that targets kids who have little to no access to books around the world via various nonprofit organizations.
We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation to support literacy and engage entire communities around the world. The website “combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.”
The process is pretty simple. You sign up for a free account and choose a campaign (or campaigns) to support. From there, you can choose from the available books to read online. For every book you read, a book is donated to the nonprofit organization represented in your campaign. If you want to start by choosing a book to read, you can do that too. Each campaign has its own donation goal. Once the goal is met, the books are sent to the organization, and your child gets a nice email thanking them for their efforts.
We Give Books offers a great way to get kids more involved with reading and philanthropy. Showing kids that they can make a difference by doing something as simple and fun as reading is pretty powerful stuff.