about the book fairy pantry project founder

About Pam Leo

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 Connection Parenting: Parenting Through Connection Instead of Coercion, Through Love instead of Fear


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Connection Parenting, by Pam Leo
Connection Parenting, by Pam Leo

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Literacy and Bonding: An Interview with Pam leo

Pam Leo talks with Kindred editor, Lisa Reagan, about the connections between literacy, bonding and lifelong wellness.

The Oasis of Literacy - with Pam Leo

Pam Leo talks with Rebecca Thompson Hitt of the Consciously Parenting Project. They explore WHY reading, singing, and storytelling is SO important for our kids. Most of us know that our kids are learning essential pre-reading skills before they even go to school, but we don’t necessarily really understand what those really are. We’ll be talking about what you need to know to give your kids a good start.

Poetry by Pam Leo

Please Read To Me

A Child's Plea for Love and Literacy 

By Pam Leo


Read to me, please read to me
Right from the very start.
Just as good food grows my body,
Good stories grow my brain and heart.


Read stories to me in my bed,
And in the rocking chair,
In the garden, in the bathroom,
Please read to me everywhere.


Please read me a wake up story,
A breakfast story, a story with my snack,
Another story with my lunch, 
And two before my nap.


Please give me picture books to look at
When we’re driving in the car,
And audio-books to listen to
As we travel near and far.


Please take me to the library.
They have books to read for free.
We can take home lots of them,
Some for you and some for me.


Read me stories in the kitchen,
And stories in the bath.
Please read me this same one again,
It always makes us laugh.


A story is a special treat,
Always a delight.
Reading keeps us connected,
Morning, noon, and night.


Every time you read to me
Our bond grows a little stronger.
Your reading feels like love to me,
And I always want it longer.


Read to me? Please?


Copyright Pam Leo July 2016

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family literacy poetry

Book Baby

By Pam Leo


I know a little girl I call book baby, 

Because her favorite thing is a book.

If you go to visit her,

There are books wherever you look.


Book baby has all kinds of books,

Board books, picture books, and pop-up books too.

If you go to visit her,

She'll show them ALL to you.


As book baby turns the pages,

She is "learning to learn" to read.

If you go to visit her, she'll ask,

"Read me a story, Please?"


Book baby "reads" stories to her cat.

She "reads" to her parents too.

If you go to visit her,

She'll "read" a book to YOU.


Book baby takes books with her,

Everywhere she goes.

How many times she has "read" each one,

Nobody really knows.


Book baby LOVES the library.

It is her FAVORITE place to be.

When you take her to the library,

She never wants to leave.


Book baby is never lonely.

Her books keep her company.

If you can't visit her,

She'll just read, and read, and read.


If you give YOUR baby lots of books, 

And if you read them every day,

YOUR baby will become a Book baby,

And "really" read someday.

Copyright Pam Leo, 2016 All Rights Reserved

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