THANK YOU, generous donors who have supported our Boise State project to put Books In Every Home. You have helped us fill book bags for our first two classrooms and to hire a Boise State student artist to illustrate a children’s book called “Adventures with Animals Big and Small,” created from our research in the nineteenth-century children’s magazine St. Nicholas. Thanks to you, we will give sixty copies of our own book to children we visit.
Two in-kind gifts have challenged us to raise another $150 on this last day of our campaign. We are just that close to filling book bags for FOUR classrooms!
Author Eric Drachman of California-based Kidwick Books is sending a case of his award-winning picture books with audio CDs. On the CDs, Drachman and other actors perform the stories to a light musical soundtrack, making the inspiring stories of his problem-solving characters come to life.
Boise nonprofit Book It Forward! Idaho, an agency that collects gently used books and passes them on to families in need, is donating all the used books they have on hand in our first grade age target, plus a Barnes and Noble gift certificate for more new books.
Today, we will join Book It Forward! volunteers at Barnes & Noble on Milwaukee Street for kids’ readings and activities and raffle baskets for old and young. Book It Forward! will be there with the raffle and activities from 11 to 4. Members of our class will read from the books you’ve helped us to make or buy between 2 and 4. Mention Book It Forward when you buy any book, and Barnes and Noble will make a donation to replenish what that agency has donated to us.
To hear Eric Drachman’s free audio books and samplers online, visit his website at kidwickbooks.com. Click on any book page to hear a sample and see the pages, or download audio files for a complete audio version. Some highlights include Dr. Penry’s favorite, “Leo the Lightning Bug,” or educationally themed “Bad Rats” (Hint: Professor Periwinkle has some learning to do), or “A Frog Thing,” with a gentle lesson for parents as well as kids, or the jazzy "Ellison the Elephant."
We hope you have a chance to treat yourself to literacy activities today at Barnes and Noble or a Kidwick audio download at your leisure. Watch our website to see if we've made it to $1,780 and four classrooms today! Thank you for your support!