They lined up class by class to come in, each child eagerly anticipating the opportunity to pick up a few new adventures. They were allowed to select three books each this year, thanks especially to the generosity of those of you who have given to The Book Drop. By the end of the school year in May, we at The Book Drop had given the IEP program at this particular elementary school over 1,000 books to give to their young readers to keep and read. The kids got to choose the books they wanted out of the options that had been thoughtfully laid out on full tables throughout the school library. They were so grateful, as most of these children from low income families don’t have many books at home or ways to access a library, especially during the summer.
After the children picked out their gifts, discussing the merits of this or that book amongst themselves, they sat on the floor waiting for their classmates to join them. It was a treat to see them eagerly open their books, begin to read, and proudly show them off to each other. They had selected everything from Dr. Seuss to The Magic Treehouse chapter books to Spiderman to books about animals and sea creatures to…well, you get the idea.
The lead IEP teacher and the school librarian were both so excited to be able to share so much with the young ones they worked with all year. They know the value of the endless opportunities that can come from being able to read, having books in hand, and having the desire fueled in children to discover pretty much anything through a good book.
If you have children’s books you would like to share with children like these through The Book Drop, please let us know! Be encouraged to love and share with those around you…especially the children!
and with all your soul and with all your mind
and with all your strength.
The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
There is no commandment greater than these.