If you have read my Letter to the Reader intro in my book “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans” you will know that I have promised to donate 10% of my profits for that book to promote literacy. So this year I have chosen to donate to my daughter’s elementary school reading program.
The “Book Bags” program at her school takes kids that are struggling to read out of class for about 15 minutes in the morning and allows them to read books to adult volunteers. Then if it is an AR book, they can go to the computer and take a quiz on the book they just read. They get to take books home and their reading and quiz scores are tracked for prizes. One prize being the opportunity to take home a “Book Bag” backpack with a book, stuffed animal related to the book and a journal to write their experiences with the book or animal in.
It is such a great program and I felt this was something I wanted to support. Unfortunately, my book sales and profits were… shall we say… not quite what I had been hoping for. So instead of the one or two used books that I could have bought with what I had set aside, I blew all of my profits and got several books.
The school had requested the Time Warp Trio series or Poppleton series books. I should have ordered them on-line, but as yesterday was the last day of school, there was no time. I was able to find a used Poppleton book, but was out of luck for the Time Warp Trio. The lady at Barnes and Noble said they could order it (sigh) and also mentioned how funny the Time Warp Trio books were and that there was nothing else quite like them. As well as the books, these were made into a TV series on PBS.
So what I did end up getting was “Heidi Heckelbeck and the Tie-Dyed Bunny” from B&N. I had never heard of this book, but the pictures were cute and funny and it was recommended.
Then I headed over to Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park hoping to find maybe a used copy of Time Warp Trio. As stated before I had no luck, but here are the rest of the books that I bought to donate:
Fly Guy Presents Space
and I found used copies of the following chapter reader books:
Frog and Toad are Friends
Frog and Toad All Year Round
Poppleton in Fall
The School Play Surprise (Scooby-Doo! Reader #19)
It was so fun to shop for books that I thought kids would like and Frog and Toad being books I loved when I was little. I would really encourage you to volunteer or donate books to a school or library reading program for kids. It’s so important and opens up so many more opportunities for them in life.
There are so many great books out there. What books did you love as a child? What books do you recommend for kids now? I would love to know! 🙂