Hopefully, most of you reading this have stacks of books piled high next to your nightstand and your children have shelves stocked full of wonderful reading material. As much as we love and take advantage of the library, it's so important to have a collection at home to visit and revisit. When our children were little, we had board books all over the house and they would drool on them, play with them and sometimes even chew on them! Not everyone is lucky enough to own piles of books for their little ones though. That's where Room to Grow enters the picture.
Their mission is to provide their clients, who are families with children up to age three, with 10 books each time they visit so that by the time these families graduate from the program they have at least 130 books in their home. The staff at Room to Grow encourages families reading together and helps to instruct them to incorporate books into their daily lives which in turn helps these kids start school on par with their peers with an end goal of breaking out of poverty.
Room to Grow is partnering with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to present the Strong Starts Book Drive going on now through September 30. Every book that is donated by the Boston community will be matched by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, thereby doubling our impact! My kids have decided to use the money in their Give Jars, an idea we got from Three Little Monkeys Studio, to use to purchase bilingual board books from Room to Grow's wishlist. And, I suggested that we go through their own collection to find titles to donate as well. My son commented on how lucky they are to have a Spend Jar to buy new books to replace the old. So true. If you decide to do the same, you can find drop off information here.
Spread the word to friends and family. Let's help Room to Grow make the Strong Starts Book Drive a huge success!