Books change children's lives... for good!
Books change children's lives... for good!
Even though we are an all volunteer, all donation project, and most of the books we give out are donated, we need and use financial donations to pay operation expenses, such as printing, maintaining the website, graphic design work, gas for book pick ups and deliveries, event supplies, and mostly to supplement donations, by purchasing from resale stores the kinds of books we need but don't receive nearly enough of in donations, such as board books, multicultural books, and multilingual books.
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"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing
we need most in the world."
"If we are to care for our children, we must address the needs of their mothers and fathers."
—Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest
"Only the children with books can read, and only the children who can read can thrive."
— Pam Leo
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, I wrote the poem "Please Read To Me - a child's plea for love and literacy."
That poem was a gift. I don't normally even write poetry. So I began to Google family literacy
programs to see who was supposed to receive this gift. On every family literacy website
I found, I read the same startling statistics:
A few days later I heard on the news that they were gearing up for a food drive for the food pantries and suddenly it came to me: Collect donated books as well as donated food and give those books out at the food pantries so ALL parents can have books to read to their young children, so ALL children will be ready to learn to read. I decided to initiate a grassroots family literacy movement that would be implemented by the people, for the people. Unlike so many family literacy programs, that I could no longer contact because they had lost their funding, this project won't require funding.
Each participating food pantry or WIC office will receive donated new and gently used, quality children's books from their local community via: book donation boxes placed in the local schools, day cares, churches, and libraries. Book Fairy helper volunteers will collect those books and deliver them to their food pantry where more youth and/or elder volunteers will sort, clean, and shelve the books for parents to pick out for their children when they come to get food.
The other way to get donated books will be book drives. We can partner with food drives and get double benefit for everyone's efforts. There is no shortage of gently used children's books, only a lack of the redistribution of them. This project provides many opportunities for volunteers of all ages and gives children a chance to help other children by donating their outgrown or already read books.
My goal for this project is that it will go statewide to every food pantry here in Maine, and then, "as Maine goes" so goes the project, nationwide, then worldwide. "Books change children's lives...for good." Our mission is: No Child With No Books.
My hope for this project is that the "right" people—those who feel as passionately as I do that learning to read is a human right—will hear of the project and use whatever influence they have in the world to help the book fairy and me to "make it so."
If you are one of those people, or you know of one of those people, who would want to support this project, I invite you to help make this happen for all the parents, and all the children who need what we can so easily provide, with a little love, a little work, and a lot of grace. Together, we can end poverty-caused illiteracy for FREE!
I have been saying, since I began working on this project, that it came to me with 1,000 angels attached. People have been helping at every turn. I hope you will be one of them. We can do this.
As the fairies say:
Fly with you,
Pam Leo, Book Fairy Pantry Project Founder
Pam Leo is a family literacy activist, the author of Connection Parenting and a new poem, and a future children's book, Please Read To Me. Pam has worked with children and families for more than forty years. From her work with teen parents, parents in prison, parents in recovery, and low income parents, she learned that all parents want very much to provide for their own children. She has "never met a parent who didn't want life to be better for their children than it was for them." Her enduring love of children's books, her passion for literacy, and her commitment to empowering parents, are combined in her new role as the founder of a grassroots literacy movement, the Book Fairy Pantry Project, whose mission is "No Child With No Books" - because "Books change children's lives...for good."
☆ Read Pam's work on Kindred Media: KindredMedia.org/author/pam-leo
☆ Listen to the interview, 'Literacy and Bonding with Pam Leo: The Book Fairy Pantry Project', below. For the interview transcript, click here.
Pam Leo, BFPP founder, age 1.
Pam Leo's interview about the Book Fairy Pantry Project with Kindred editor, Lisa Reagan.
"It is with great gratitude and love that I dedicate the Book Fairy Pantry Project to honor the work of my most esteemed mentor, Joseph Chilton Pearce. This project is my effort to continue his pioneering work of championing human potential that he has passed to us to carry on, that every child may be a "Magical Child." — Pam Leo
Read Pam's tribute to Joe here.
Visit Joe's website here.
Find out more about Joe's work at Touch the Future.
Joseph Chilton Pearce and Pam Leo.