I’m very pleased to announce that our 2nd annual Pregnancy Help Center Book Drive will officially kick off TODAY, Monday, July 15th. Last year, we were able to give away over $2,200 of Usborne and Kane Miller books through our Read to Me program. To God be the glory!
Early literacy and book ownership are incredibly important in the development of children’s lives and key indicators of their educational success. In fact, having books in the home is twice as important as the father’s education level. Furthermore, currently in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. This statistic is heartbreaking and we are so blessed to be able to support our clients as they give their children a strong start academically, as well as other areas of life, by helping them build or grow their family’s library. Upon completion of the Read to Me Program, families receive 10-12 wonderful children’s books to help develop a love of reading and literacy in their homes and to help put them on track to become life-long readers and learners.
This year, we are taking our book drive a step further. Kane Miller has released a fantastic new book titled How Big is Our Baby? This month-by-month guide is perfect for older-siblings-to-be, showing the baby’s development of their new brother or sister each month and even helping them understand what to expect when the new baby arrives. PHC would LOVE to be able to provide a copy of this book to each family who has older siblings expecting a new baby. In addition to helping older siblings feel more at ease with the coming changes, it also helps the entire family feel more connected to their new baby, helping solidify the personhood and significance of the new life. For a more in-depth look at this book, click here
How can you help? There are two key ways to contribute to the book drive. First, you or your church members can sponsor a Read to Me family. The cost of sponsorship is $100, which, through Usborne Books & More’s matching program actually provides $150 worth of books. Last year we had individuals, life groups, and Sunday School classes sponsor families. Another option is to donate a copy of How Big is Our Baby? Each book is $14.99 and Usborne Books & More will donate one copy for every two copies donated by contributors. Use this link
to purchase a sponsorship, or make a contribution.
Usborne Books & More will also match personal orders placed through the book drive link
at 50% (purchase $50 in books for the readers in your life and $25 will be donated to PHC).
Starting Monday, you’ll see lots of information about the book drive on our Facebook Page and Instagram. You can help get the word out by reacting to, commenting on, and sharing the posts. Also, please share this information with your congregations and friends. All the links are live now so if someone would like to go ahead and contribute, they are welcome to do so. Thank you all so much for your assistance and support.