Inspiring Book Lovers

Can I exchange this book? I only bought one for my cousin, and she's never owned a book. She deserves more than one.

- SRN 1st grader

SRNbackpack.pngStart Reading Now directly supports low-income students by addressing summer reading set-back and inspiring kids to read by choice. 

By hosting book fairs right before summer break, we help kids create their own library of 30 books built over 3 years - at the end of 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. 

To identify the kids who are most in need of books, we work with local public schools that have 50% or more of their students on free or reduced lunch. 

During the day of the book fair, students pick out 10 brand new books and use a $50 Start Reading Now voucher to pay for them. We also provide "This Book Belongs To" stickers and a backpack to carry their new belongings - adding to the sense of ownership and value. 

Our book fairs are low-effort, low-risk and high-impact, making our program an exciting new way to drive change in our community.

 

Why is this work important? 

  • Many of the students we serve do not have access to enough books at home.    

  • With few books at home, some students think of reading only as a school activity.    

  • The power of choice and a sense of ownership positively affects the desire to read.

  • Creating a culture of reading for fun positively impacts reading skills and long-term academic success.    

  • Ultimately, we believe a fuller home library can greatly improve a student’s creativity, confidence and future aspirations.   

 

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2017 Book Fair Locations: 

Andersen

Lucy Laney

Anishinabe

Lyndale

Bancroft

Nellie Stone Johnson

Bethune

Pillsbury

Bryn Mawr

Pratt

Cityview

River Bend

Dowling

Seward

Emerson

Sheridan

Folwell

St. Joe's (Wilder)

Green

St. Joe's

Hall

Sullivan

Hmong International

Waite Park

Jefferson

Whittier

Jenny Lind

Windom

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