Having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books you add, the greater the benefit.
(20-year study, University of Nevada.)
Share Literacy Chapters are administered by volunteers.
100% of your contribution gives books to needy children.
Mission and goals:
Our mission is to address and reduce the growing literacy gap between rich privileged
and poor at risk children and their families. Share Literacy promotes the development
of reading and thinking skills by partnering with established early childhood
education agencies serving poverty-level and low-income families, with after-school
programs and with organizations providing ESL and adult literacy instruction.
Improve literacy skills
Encourage the development of higher-level thinking skills
Ensure that every child participating in a Share Literacy program takes home
at least one book to keep
Improve parental knowledge and involvement in the development of their children's
Promote tolerance and understanding by using multicultural literature designed
to teach problem-solving and commonality of human experience
Improve teachers' instructional skills in the areas of early literacy and
Programs:'Teaching-Stories: Learning that Lasts'
We provide a complete curriculum: lesson plans, activity guides with quality
books and audio recordings of them (English or bilingual Spanish-English) that
children can take home and keep, along with activities to engage parents and
foster a home-school connection.
Our professional development program offers hands-on opportunities using our
lesson plans, activity guides, and other educational aids.
Teachers and other professionals learn how to improve students' reading, writing,
speaking, listening, and thinking skills while utilizing best-practice educational
Workshops permit time for collegial discussion and for sharing professional
successes and frustrations helping teachers to increase their expectations and
reinvigorate their commitment.
Over the past 13 years, with the help of grants from several foundations and many individual donors, Share Literacy has served over 600,000 disadvantaged children in the U.S. and other countries. We provide books and training materials, plus professional development services at cost. We rely on donations and grants to cover these costs to enable us to continue our services and expand.
THE CARDS & LETTERS
Since 2008, teachers and students in San Jose CA's Alum Rock School District have shown their overwhelming gratitude for the books donated each holiday season during the Hoopoe Books Share Literacy Holiday give-away. Teacher Mindy Hoskins of McCollam Elem. for instance, writes this year: “Thank you and your organization Hoopoe Books Share Literacy for your kind and generous gift of books to the children in my 1st grade class. They were stunned when they learned you had given them their very own book!”
Hundreds of Thank-You cards and letters like this one pour in each year from the students. Students like 2nd Grader Esperanza who writes “Thank you for the nice books that [you] generously donated to us, it made me feel really happy to get a book. I really enjoy reading The Old Woman and the Eagle.” Many make comments on their favorite parts and some even tell about sharing the stories with their family, such as what Christopher H. says: “I am grateful and I will take care of this book. Because it's also in Spanish, my Dad and Mom can read it too.”See some more of the 2016 student thank-you letters and notes here.
8,869 Books Went to Children in California for
this Holiday Season’s Give-away
The above thank you letter and video are from Mrs. Wang's 2nd Grade Class in the San Antonio School of Alum Rock Union School District. Alum Rock schools received 4,881 Hoopoe books this year for grades TK-3 – and almost 1,200 Neem the Half-Boy books (half English and half English-Spanish bilingual) were given out to 2nd graders.
Share Literacy’s Holiday Program Donations
in Worcester, Massachusetts
Share Literacy’s Holiday Program recently donated 1,608 Hoopoe paperbacks to “Worcester: The City That Reads,” a private book donation program directed by John Monfredo that focuses on students in Worcester, Massachusetts public schools. John identified several schools and two school libraries serving the most at risk kids in the city of Worcester for these donations. Teachers use the books in their classes, and then give the books to each student to take home at the end of the class.
Share Literacy promotes the development of reading and thinking skills by partnering with established early childhood education agencies serving poverty level and low-income families. Thanks to all our donors without whom we'd not have been able to continue this program over the holidays.
To join a volunteer Share Literacy Chapter in your area,
or to start one of your own click here.
Dan Sperling (right), a volunteer for the nonprofit Share Literacy, shows two Takoma Park residents a children's book that they can "gift" to a child from an underprivileged family. Click here for Share Literacy Alternative Gifts.
CELTICS PLAYERS ACT OUT THE CLEVER BOY AND THE TERRIBLE, DANGEROUS ANIMAL AT AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM IN
ROXBURY, MA: Rasheed Wallace and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics recently performed in a play using Shah’s The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal with children from the Ellis Memorial After School Program in Roxbury, Mass. To read the article go to the NESN.com site. Click here for more images.
Since its beginning in 2000, Hoopoe Share Literacy has partnered with
established literacy programs to provide books to more than 600,000 children
in the US. See partner program for more information.
Jessica Nájera, playing the part of the butterfly in The
Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water, tells Share the Lion, played by Walter Requeno, that
the scary face in the water is his own reflection.
—Photo courtesy El Tiempo Latino taken at Rosemount Center, Washington, DC.
The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water teaches
the children higher-level vocabulary. Rosemount Center uses the book to teach
children to read and recognize words in both English and Spanish.
—Photo courtesy The Afro-American Newspaper
SHARING SOME RECENT COMMENTS FROM SHARE PROGRAMS...
“This woman called Fatima in different moments in her life was bitterly dejected, but always she found the way for never give up. I can apply this story in my life. Now I come to school to learn English. Perhaps [it] is hard to me, but I never give up again.” —Martha G. (An adult ESL student who received FATIMA THE SPINNER AND THE TENT by Idries Shah. Click here to read the story of these gifts.)
“Thank you for your recent donation of Hoopoe Books to ReadBoston to support the Storymobile program....[this program] provides children throughout Boston with fun, interactive storytelling events, as well as a free, brand new book to take home and enjoy with their families. The program highlights the importance of strong literacy skills and helps motivate kids and families to read…” —Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston and Theresa Lynn, Executive Director, ReadBoston
“Thank you so much for the generous donation of 200 books by Idries Shah. To the delight of children and parents, staff distributed the books as reading incentives at various programs, including, the Children’s BookFest, Children’s Day/Book Day, and Para los Niños.” —Robert E. Cannon, Director, Broward Country Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL
“On behalf of the students, teachers and parents of our Special Education Students attending our Extended School Year program, please accept my heartfelt thanks for your donation of books...As you know, many of our students live in challenging situations and may not have books at home. Your donation allowed them to add at least one book to their home library.” —Jean Gallagher, Director of Special Education, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District, San Jose, CA
“Thank you for your kind donation of books to Sea Mar’s Reach Out and Read program. Your generosity will help to further the promotion of early childhood literacy at our clinics...We look forward to collaborating with ou again to make a difference in the lives of Washington’s most vulnerable people.” —Meredith L. Mooney, Reach Out and Read Coordinator, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle, WA
“I wanted to write you and your organization to thank you for donating books to our Health Center...Since our health center serves a large Latino population, we are extremely grateful to have access to bilingual books like these in order to serve all our patients...We just started a new program where pediatric patients who are seen reading in the waiting room will get a certificate and a free book. I am very excited to be able to give our patients these brand new books, and I'm sure they will be very excited to read them...” —Lindsay Haines, HealthCorps Member Brookside Community Health Center Jamaica Plain, MA
“Our clients are often refugees who have seen their share of misery in their world. To be given such a beautiful book that will help them learn English (their utmost desire), as well as feeling appreciated for who they are, is most appreciated. The books are utterly beautiful. I can't thank you enough on behalf of literacy volunteers.” —Laurie D’Amico, Director, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester MA after receiving books from Share Literacy
“I would like to thank you for all of the wonderful books we recently received. These new books will increase our small collection, giving the students a greater selection from which to choose. It is always a very positive experience to have the community take an interest in the education for our youth, who are our future!” —Elaine Schue, L.U.C.H.A. Elementary School Assistant Librarian, San Jose CA