Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, developed in 1995 for her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee, has been replicated in communities across the United States to bring books into the homes of pre-school children. Through the program, all children in a participating community are enrolled at birth or when they move into the community. Each month, from the day the child is born until their 5th birthday, a selected book arrives at the mailbox.
First Book provides books to all children, regardless of their economic conditions. With help from partners and dedicated volunteers, they provided more than 80 million new books to schools and programs serving children in need.
Free Kids Book
This organization provides children’s books in PDF form (with author’s permission). Families can open, print, and share these books. This is a cost effective way to ensure children can have many great books to read over and over. Books can also be easily changed depending on your child’s interest, and pages can even be drawn on, as replacing pages is so easy to do. There are books for toddlers, children, and young adults.
The Heart of America Foundation
The Heart of America Foundation's mission is to teach children, that they help themselves when they help others by uniquely combining character education, literacy, and service learning. Heart of America's programs include Books From The Heart, a literacy program which engages students, corporations, and other organizations in gathering books that are not being used, solicits publishers for surplus books, and then gets these books into the hands children.
International Children’s Digital Library
The non-profit ICDL Foundation’s library has evolved into the world's largest digital collection of children's books. Currently its digital library comprises over 1,500 books in 37 different languages that have been digitized and archived from its library collection of 5,000 books. The ICDL Foundation is partnering with One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) to provide digital versions of its children’s books and reader software for the millions of free laptops OLPC will ship worldwide.
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has surplus books available to educational institutions and non-profit organizations. As most of the books have been turned over to the Library of Congress by other Federal agencies, the collection usually contains only a small percentage of publications at the primary and secondary school levels but there is continuous turnover in the supply.
Reach Out and Read
Reach Out and Read programs make early literacy a standard part of pediatric primary health care for low-income families. At every well-child check-up for children from six months to five years of age, doctors and nurses encourage parents to read aloud to their young children, offer age-appropriate tips and encouragement, and provide a new, developmentally appropriate children's book to keep.
Reading is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental, the nation’s oldest and largest
children’s literacy organization, is well known for its flagship
service, Books for Ownership, formerly the National Book Program.
Through this program, children choose and keep several free
paperback books each year and participate in motivational reading
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