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“The Magic of Reading” is an informative and entertaining video on the value of reading Teaching-Stories to children. It includes a presentation of The Boy Without a Name.



Over the past 16 years, with the help of grants from several foundations and many individual donors, Share Literacy has served over 690,000 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.


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OUR FOCUS THIS YEAR …

Hoopoe paperbacks are universal stories, beautifully illustrated with images from Central Asia and the Middle East – the area from which they originated centuries ago and one that is often misunderstood in our country today.

We are seeking funds to provide books to elementary schools whose students include Afghan, Pakistani or Middle Eastern children. In this way we hope to help young readers and their families from all backgrounds realize how much we have in common and can learn from each other.

TO HELP IN THIS EFFORT PLEASE DONATE NOW



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.

Program goals:
  • 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 literacy
  • 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 literacy training
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 strategies.
  • Workshops permit time for collegial discussion and for sharing professional successes and frustrations helping teachers to increase their expectations and reinvigorate their commitment.

NEWS!

HEART OF AMERICA ORGANIZATION RECEIVES 1200 IDRIES SHAH BOOKS

Vernon Lenora with boxes of Hoopoe books

Thanks to the Share Literacy DC Chapter, the Heart of America Foundation of Landover, MD, has received Hoopoe books for several years. The Foundation has been serving children in need for more than 20 years and has a successful literacy program.

Here’s a photo of a very happy Vernon Lenora of HOA receiving 800 THE LION WHO SAW HIMSELF IN THE WATER and 400 THE FARMER’S WIFE books this Spring.

PARTNERS IN LITERACY OF DENVER RECEIVE 260 BOOKS FROM DC & COLORADO CHAPTERS

Julie Neitz Wielga of Partners in Literacy in Denver, CO, sent some photos and expressed their gratitude for the books they received from Share Literacy for their program. She writes:

“Thanks very much!! These photos are taken at Roots Elementary...which serves economically disadvantaged kids in a Denver neighborhood. The 45 adult volunteers at Roots read once a week with their “buddies” [about 50 kids]. At the end of the year, we invite the adults to come to breakfast with their buddies. This year we gave each adult volunteer the 2 Hoopoe books to give to their buddies. Then of course the kids took the books home. It was a great ending to a year of shared reading.”

Photos of kids and adults with Hoopoe books


SHARE LITERACY AGAIN PROVIDES BOOKS TO COLORADO ORG.

I Have A Dream of Boulder County (IHAD) is an international non-profit education organization that provides after school and summer programs to financially disadvantaged children. IHAD begins at the end of first grade and continues to support students daily until they graduate from high school. The program provides tutors, mentors, volunteers, homework help, academics, arts, cultural and sports programs for students. IHAD Boulder County, currently working with 532 Dreamers, prepares them to be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. A $10,000 scholarship is provided to each Dreamer when entering college.

Elk Dreamers reading Hoopoe books
Kids reading Hoopoe books

The photos above show “Dreamers” reading Idries Shah'sThe Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water and The Farmer’s Wife in the lounge of the I Have A Dream site at the housing project where their IHAD program is situated. This is the newest class of Dreamers, and their class is called the Elk Class.

Share Literacy has provided hundreds of copies of Hoopoe Books to many different Dreamer classes over the years. Share Literacy recently donated copies of the All About Me series from Hoopoe Books.

IHAD kids with Hoopoe Books

In the picture above, a small group in the IHAD Aspen Class in Longmont, Colorado, works with the book Me and My Feelings donated in April by Share Literacy.


THANKS TO MANY VOLUNTEERS, OVER 18,500 CHILDREN HAVE RECEIVED BOOKS IN USA IN 2017

Thanks to our Supporters and to our Volunteers, this year, so far, well over 18,500 kids have received their very own copy of a beautiful Hoopoe book to take home. In addition, ICE, our Canadian affiliate, is giving out over 12,600 books. This year, our USA Chapters have supplied books to more than 40 schools and other organizations serving at-risk and disadvantaged families. And many of these organizations have received books from us for many, many years.

Chapters in MA, DC and CA are distributing books to classrooms and children’s charities with some amazing feedback.

“The first graders in Mrs. Arisco's class would like to thank you for the wonderful books that you donated to them. I've attached an image of them right before we opened the books up to read them. They were extremely excited to have a new book that they could take home and enjoy with their families.” –Mrs. Arisco (Teacher), Union Hill School, MA


Enjoy this slide show of other photos from our Massachusetts Chapter:

Kids with Hoopoe Books

A volunteer in New York sent us many photos of school children with their books. To view, click here.

Kids at Montgomery Knolls with Hoopoe books

Volunteers in DC Chapter sent these photos of students enjoying their books in the Montgomery Knolls Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD.


ALUM ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT IN SAN JOSE AGAIN RECIEVES OVER 4800 BOOKS

Since 2008, teachers and students in San Jose CA's Alum Rock School District have shown their overwhelming gratitude for the books donated each year.


THE CARDS & LETTERS KEEP COMING...

Below are some examples of letters and drawings from Thos. Ryan Elementary School, Alum Rock School District, San Jose, CA:

Thank you letter from a 3rd grade student

Thank you letter from a first grader

“I love the book The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water because the lion remindes me of my Dad when he wakes up when...his hair is puffy like a lions. I also like the book because when my pet iguana died i read the book and it cheared me up...” –3rd grade student at Ryan Elementary School, San Jose CA

See more letters from 2017.


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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.


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