We have always loved books. I started reading when I was 4 years old, and my older girls did, too. Sapphire loves to look at the words, but until she turned 6 she didn’t have much desire to actually read. I think that it’s important, even if your child isn’t showing much interest in reading, that they have access to lots and lots of books! Unfortunately, some children don’t have that option – that’s where Nickelodeon’s Big Help Book Drive comes in.
Early literacy is something that is near and dear to my heart. My fondest memories are of sitting in my room reading books, and now as an adult I enjoy watching my girls do the same. Nickelodeon Champions for Kids is designed to help children discover joy in reading and lead happier, more enriched lives!
Since moving to the city of St. Louis, we’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles that many children and adults face because of poverty. I personally believe that books are a necessity, not an “extra” or a luxury. Unfortunately, not everyone feels this way, and I think that’s how so many kids fall through the cracks. Books are amazing. They’re an adventure – a new one every time you open a new book. But you can’t open new books if you don’t have access to them.
I chose to host a book drive for a local school because the teachers are having a hard time stocking their personal classroom libraries. Budget cuts are everywhere – especially in cities – and it seems that literacy education is one of the first to suffer. My girls and I headed to Wal-Mart to pick out some books to donate. You can see our entire shopping trip in my Google Plus album. I wish I could donate books to every school, to every child, that needed them, but we chose this school because we have seen how excited the students get when there are books around! It’s great to watch their faces light up.
We watched Dora, and then headed to Wal-Mart. They buckled their babies in the seat belts and cheered “So we can be safe!”.
As with all Wal-Mart trips, the girls (and Rachel!) got distracted. They ended up in the toy aisle and were trying to convince me that they needed skateboards and guns. Um, no. I don’t care how cute the helmet is!
All distractions aside, we made our way to the book aisle and found some great books to donate. “I Can Read” books are always a hit, as are the Nickelodeon books with familiar characters like Dora and Sponge Bob. I really wish there were more books to choose from, especially Nickelodeon books because all kids can relate to them – it’s like the characters are their best friends! They already have the toys, the DVDs, and even the blankets – adding books to the mix is a sure way to get kids interested in reading.
I would love it if you’d participate in the Big Help Book Drive in your own community! You can be one of MILLIONS to help #NickCFK meet their goal of 20 million people by 2020!
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