Support us with a #bookselfie

We asked and you delivered! Last week we asked you to send in your #bookselfies to help support our literacy goals. The photos will be used in social media to help promote our organization, partners and mission to provide everyone with quality books. Here are a sampling of the amazing photos we have received so far. Still time to send in yours. Extra credit for creativity. We will continue to post book selfies so check out our social sites and our reading game, Read Like Mad. *pictured above; James, Chris, Flora, Julie Ann, Kai, Thirsty, Garvin 1 & 2, Samantha and Joshua. Email to

Guest Author Post with Kai Leakes

I fell in love with the way words could be used to take me into another world of my choosing. Fantasy became my go-to because of that reason. I could become anyone I wanted. If I picked up a romance novel, I could feel what love could be. If I read an action book, I could feel what it would be like to kick butt and be a super heroine. Because of that, books became my addition. The problem only came through representation. Representation and having the ability to see yourself in books without changing the words to fit yourself, is a must! It is the first thing that grabs a reader, especially children. This helps with literacy, in word development and overall education. If a book doesn't engag

Show us you care!

By sending your book selfie you can help us spread literacy to even more kids in our area. Below is Chris Laurent, our board member and treasurer reading his Bikram's Yoga book. Grab your book and your cell phone and snap a photo to help inspire kids to read and others to join our cause. Send to #bookselfie #showusyourbook #spreadliteracy #booksforkids #wisconsin

Come Volunteer!

Looking for a way to help out and give back to our community? Sept. 23rd - Friday night we are looking for up to 10 volunteers to help out from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at our donation center. Sort, organize and help stamp donated books. Kids welcome. Guaranteed to fill your bucket and fill a book or two you'll fall in love with. Message Rowan to sign up or ask any questions: All of our books go to area kids and families through our partnered schools, shelters, nonprofits, community centers and social workers.

Meet the Outreach Director

Meet our Outreach Director, Carrie Castree! We are so grateful to have her on our team. Carrie connects with schools, social workers, community centers, shelters and other nonprofits to find the best way to assist them with books and literacy programming for their kids and families. #outreach #literacy #booklover #kids #families

Do you have game?

Read Like Mad is officially on with the game launching on September 9th in the Wisconsin State Journal. If you missed the printed game board and rules no worries, we have a digital copy for you to download. Still time to get reading, check out the rules and of course the prizes too. Head over to our read like mad tab to sign up. Have any questions about how to play email

Literacy the gift that keeps on giving

Meet Liz and Dick. They contacted us this past summer to help spread literacy by gifting their quality books to children in our programs. Over the course of 6 weeks they have been going through their children's literature collection and have donated close to 600 books! Both are voracious readers and Liz is an expert in children's literature. Their collection is from their travels all over the world. We are extremely grateful for their beautiful books they have shared with us and for championing our cause. We know how much kids will enjoy all of their books from Australian fairy tales, Chinese graphic novels to A,B,C's. If you would like to donate books please contact us today. You can make

1700 Books

We're thrilled to announce that this summer we gave 1700 books to area children! Through partnerships with a wide variety of schools, community groups, nonprofits, shelters and literacy programming we shared books with many kids and their families. We also held several literacy pop up shops for kids to 'shop' for their own books, literary crafts and author readings. We can't wait for next summer! Some of the groups involved this summer included the Read Up programs, Bayview Foundation, Madison BID summer programming, First United Methodist Church - Shelter, YWCA and SWCAP. #sharebooks #summerreading #1700books #literacyhappening

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