A Letter from our Founder
As a young girl, books were not always a part of my world. My father met my mother while enlisted in the US Army in Germany and my mother was a native Austrian who became a US citizen when she came to America. Although I had some books at home, with little money, both of my parents working two jobs and my mother as an English Language Learner there was little time, interest and availability to read and enjoy books at home.
My first memorable experience with books was when I entered school. My favorite books were the books that I experienced when read aloud by the school librarian and my classroom teacher. I loved reading those books over and over because I understood the storyline. Even though I was not able to read every word, I was able to retell the story by looking at the pictures and recalling my teacher’s voice echoing in my mind. Once a story was introduced to the class everyone in the class wanted those books. I recall having to put my name on the librarian’s long checkout list for that specific story. I also remember longing in anticipation for my turn to check the book out and being able to take it home to share with my parents. It's those stories that I cherish most from my childhood and still today can remember the story details!
As a classroom teacher and specialist I see the same scenario I experienced replayed in every classroom environment. When I was a classroom teacher I would put every book I read aloud in our classroom library and my students couldn’t wait to get to them. Children naturally love books they know and have experienced. Books that children have a personal connection with are the books that are the most sought after and the most read by children.
Every book has the potential to be an exciting adventure, opening the door to a child’s imitation fostering a lifelong connection that is a vital part of literacy. EVERY child deserves the opportunity to enjoy the love of books.