Books change children's lives... for good!
The Book Fairy Pantry Project is a grassroots family literacy movement.
DID YOU KNOW?
☆ One child in four in the U.S. does not learn to read.
☆ The number one indicator that children will be ready to learn to read when they arrive at school is age appropriate children's books in their home and being read to daily from birth on.
☆ ⅔ of the 15.5 million children living in poverty in the U.S. do not have even one book to call their own.
☆ There is no shortage of gently used, quality books in this country, only a shortage of redistribution of these books.
The Book Fairy Pantry Project is a grassroots family literacy movement. This project will be implemented by the people, for the people. Volunteer book fairy helpers will collect new and gently used, quality children’s books from donation boxes and book drives and deliver them to participating food pantries and WIC offices to be given out to parents.
"Virtually none of the major issues we face as a nation today can be successfully overcome until we eradicate illiteracy."
—Michelle and David Baldacci, Wish You Well Foundation
The Book Fairy Pantry Project is the proud recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The grant is supporting the distribution of BFPP’s founder, Pam Leo, and her first children’s book, Please Read To Me. Leo is also the author of the beloved book Connection Parenting.
“This goal of this campaign to lower the high risk for illiteracy of babies born to under-resourced families in Maine who often cannot afford board books for their new babies and may be unaware of the value and importance of reading to their babies early and often,” said BFPP founder, Pam Leo. “Without books in the home from the very beginning, parents are unable to give their babies the strong foundation they will need for one day learning to read and they will miss opportunities to strengthen their vital parent-child bond through reading to their babies.”
Enjoy Your Free Poster!
The beauty of this 8 1/2 x 11" free poster is that parents can read the message in the words, and children can “read” the message in the pictures. Think of Please Read To Me as a geocaching guide for literacy!
Learn more about BFPP's nonprofit work and how you can support us!
Discover Pam Leo's writing, poetry, quotes, podcasts, video interviews and more!
All the materials you need to start your own local Book Fairy Pantry Project!
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Pam Leo's picks for books and family literacy resources.
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Discover the artwork of the BFPP and Please Read to Me on a variety of clothing, totes, home goods, and accessories in our Cafe Press store! Your purchases support our grassroots early literacy nonprofit work!
By Pam Leo
Wee fairies each have jobs to do.
The Book Fairy's job is to get books to you.
And to ALL the world's children,
not to just a few.
Books are very heavy,
even ones that are quite small.
A wee fairy cannot carry them
'cause she is only five inches tall!
The Book Fairy needs "helpers,"
grownups short and tall,
to get books to children who love them,
and to children who have none at all.
The Book Fairy really needs you.
The children need you too.
If there are to be books for EVERY child,
we have a big job to do.
Don't disappoint the fairies.
That would never do.
If ALL the children are to learn to read,
it is up to me and you.
Copyright by Pam Leo, 2016. All Rights Reserved.
"The Circle of literacy can end the cycle of illiteracy."
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