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Christmas Every Day

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Each Christmas as I gazed at the brightly-wrapped rectangular packages under our tree, I wondered, “Which one is my new book?”  I knew that gift promised a virtual journey into an unknown world, maybe a fantastical world, where I would meet new people and learn new things. This enjoyable reading experience would spawn new thoughts and ideas to percolate in my brain. I still have many of those gifts on my bookshelves nearly forty years later. The ideas and impressions I gathered have influenced the person I am today and the choices I have made throughout my life. 

How about you? What books were YOU given as a child that impacted you?

At Book Drive for Kids, we offer this experience at each and every free book fair. Excited children peruse the heavily laden tables and wonder, “Which one will be MY new book?”  They judge the book covers to decide which adventure will be the most exciting. They read the back covers for clues to trigger their interest. They look for familiar characters and titles. Finally, they select their new book – their new quest. 

For many of these children, this will be the FIRST book they have received as a gift. For others, it will be one of a handful of children’s books that they can read over and over because it now belongs to them. Forever.

It’s a joy to watch! It’s like Christmas, every day.

With your gift of $3 we can place a NEW book in the hands of a child who may never have received a book as a gift. Just $3 per child.

Right up the street in Denton and Lewisville, there are 5,000 children who are economically disadvantaged and between 30-50% of those children have not yet mastered English. They desperately need books in their homes to boost their academic progress but also to give hope, adventure, and a little magic. These books will take them places they can only dream of going and let them “do” things that foster hope and joy.

Help us reach our goal of raising the remaining $10,000 we need to reach all of these children in Denton county. Donate today.    

“I have wanted this book ALL MY LIFE!”

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“I have wanted this book ALL MY LIFE!”, exclaimed by a little kindergartener at a Book Drive for Kids free book fair in September when she saw the book, Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell. It is a counting book that was obviously read to her frequently. As she perused the book fair table,  she recognized it immediately and knew she wanted to take it home for always. We watched her “reading” the pages and pointing out the pictures to her classmates. She was overjoyed to find a familiar book and one in which she could see herself. I couldn’t resist snapping this photo of her and her new book! 

Isn’t that one of the wonderful things about reading? Finding characters we can relate to; characters who experience the same things we experience; characters who say and do some of the same things we say and do. This familiarity is especially important for young children. It helps them see how they “fit in” to the world around them. Even without words, beautiful picture books allow children to imagine their own stories.  

Thanks to our donors and a matching grant from Reading is Fundamental, this excited little girl found something she had wanted all her life!  

Summer Reading

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Summer reading has always been a time of freedom for me. No longer does the school course of study dictate what we read. We can pick up whatever book appeals to us in the moment! I decided to start my summer reading with Dragonwings by Laurence Yep. A fascinating title, right? It speaks of fantasy and adventure. This mysterious book kept popping up at book fairs but I couldn’t recommend it to a child because I didn’t REALLY know what it was about. That all changed today.

Dragonwings swept me away to the Middle Kingdom of China in 1903 where Shadow Moon lives on a small country farm with his mother and grandmother. They all terribly miss his father, who has been in working in the land of the Golden Mountain (California) since before Shadow Moon’s birth, seven years ago. It is full of beautiful descriptions of Chinese culture, stories, and the poverty which drove men to leave their wives and children behind to seek a better life in an unknown and somewhat fearful land across the ocean. When Shadow Moon is nine (or ten as the Chinese count it), his father sends Hand Clap, a cousin, to bring Shadow Moon to America and the adventure begins.

Dragonwings is a fictional account of what life was like for a Chinese boy in San Francisco in the early 1900s and through the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire which destroyed much of the city. It is an excellent book to use to talk to children about immigration as we watch Shadow Moon struggle but persevere through the fear of a new land and people, learn a new language and customs, and retain his own traditions while learning how to live in a land with new technology and practices. We watch Shadow Moon interact with hostile and friendly people among the “demons” (Americans) and the “Tang” (Chinese). We see how the love of family and friendship help him and his father accomplish their dreams. I hope you will check it out!

What book is the opener for your summer reading?


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We recently returned from a family vacation. For months, we carefully planned our trip – the destination city, the perfect location to stay, visits to museums and World Heritage Sites, and not-to-be-missed foods. It was a lovely time! It is after times like these, we ask, “What was your favorite part?”

As I thought about it, I found that it was not the carefully-planned outing or the world famous spots that stood out as the most cherished moments. It was the unexpected happenings – the SURPRISES that brought me the most delight! It was stumbling upon a beautiful street market, accidentally arriving in time for a free concert, and the sheer size of a huge painting!

The very word shouted aloud makes the heart beat a little faster, the eyes perk up a little brighter, and (hopefully) a startled look dissolve into a wide smile and laughter. Some of us love surprises more than others; nevertheless, surprises jolt us out of the mundane activities of life.

Isn’t that something that all great books share? A surprising plot twist. An unpredicted action by a favorite character. A truly tragic series of events. An amicable resolution of a conflict.

Great authors cause us to hold our breath while we read on to see if our hero makes it out of a treacherous situation. Great books prompt us to stay up way past our bedtime because we just MUST see what happens! Great stories surprise and delight us.

What are some books that surprised you?

Kinds Words of Support

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Dear Book Drive for Kids,

Thank you guys for coming! I had several kids run up to me and thank me for inviting them to the book fair. I even had some stop me in the hallway and tell me about the book they chose. They were all very excited and extremely grateful for your generosity. I had to tell them it wasn’t my idea, it was you guys who had such a giving spirit. Thanks again for helping to foster our scholar’s love for reading. We really appreciate it.

Best Regards,
Angela Murphy
Inspired Vision Academy

These words warmed my heart because they are evidence that we are fulfilling our mission to help create a culture of literacy! In January, A+ Academy and Inspired Vision Academy, both charter schools operating in south Dallas, welcomed us on to their campuses. We found students who were excited about learning and enthusiastic about books! In the words of Ticcoa, a first-time volunteer:
“It was fun! My favorite moment (though there were many) was the third-grader who found a book super quick and came running to get his bookplate. He half-shouted, half-laughed, ‘I found a book about electricity! I love to build robotics and stuff. I love this book!’”
It’s wonderful experiences and feedback like this that make our giveaways so rewarding!

We know that books inform,
illuminate, but most of all they
feed our minds and souls with ideas.
Without this “food”, we starve the desire to learn. So join us as we strive to meet this need and feed the minds of the next generation. Get involved today!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

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Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo!, an I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Book, was one of the first books I remember reading by myself. I read it over and over to my little brother. It was so beloved that it still graces my home library over forty years after it was published.

This book arrived at my house because my parents understood the need for my brother and I to have books at home to read and study. They didn’t have alot of extra money but reading was important to them and so it became important to me.

In our community, there are children who don’t have books arriving in their home mailboxes. Their parents don’t have the extra income to purchase them or after working two jobs are too exhausted to even shop for them. For many, English is not the primary language spoken in the home so purchasing English books is not really considered. Book Drive for Kids is on a mission to change that picture. Our goal is get books in the hands and homes of these children who are hungry to read them.

In honor of the Read Across American celebration for Dr. Seuss’s birthday, consider donating your favorite Dr. Seuss book today! Your support can bring a smile of delight to a child’s face! Share the zany stories of Dr. Seuss with children who could use some sunshine in their lives. Donate today.

P. S. Here you can stroll down memory lane with your favorite Dr. Seuss book titles.

Thank You Letters

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On a sunny day in January, Book Drive for Kids rolled into the gym at Founder’s Classical Academy of Dallas. This K-8th charter school serves a large population of economically disadvantaged students of whom half are still learning English…

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Book Donation Drive December 2016

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Classical Conversations of Double Oak, a homeschool support group, chooses a community project each Fall as a means of sharing and giving to others who are less fortunate. When the high school student council suggested conducting a book drive for Book Drive for Kids, there was enthusiastic response because reading quality literature is a core value of this Classical Conversations group. When they learned that some children don’t have books at home, families were eager to share! They combed through their bookshelves and donated gently-used books they had outgrown. Thank you, Classical Conversation of Double Oak, for donating 100 books which are being shared with other children.