It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me personally that dinosaurs are huge part of our family. We go to Morrison’s Natural History Museum often where we can see fossils, dig for fossils and even help drill/clean fossils. We even visited The Dinosaur Place in Mystic, CT. They have lifesize statues of a lot of dinosaurs. Here is Brady and I, a of couple years ago, next to a brachiosaurus.
Because of our love of all things dinosaur, we love Dinosaur Train on PBS. The show provides not only some pretty amazing dinosaurs and a darn catchy theme song, but they also sneak in learning by teaching children about the different time periods, which dinosaurs lived where and what they ate and did during that time period. They now have a large toy line, DVDs and of course, books. I recently found out PBS Kids, Dinosaur Train and Buddy himself are celebrating the Association of American Publishers Get Caught Reading campaign for a second year, a campaign devised to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read!
Research has proven that early language experience stimulates a child’s brain to grow and reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school. Member organizations of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) participate in a variety of ways in Get Caught Reading to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives.
Help others to “Get Caught Reading” too with a local book drive!
According to United We Serve, a nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn, 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children. A recent study shows that while in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of age-appropriate books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is 1 for every 300 children.
The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student.
Anyone can get together to help increase reading achievement and literacy by organizing a book drive. This tool kit provides the basics to run a book drive, organize your group, and make an impact.
Or, simply commit to donating your gently used books to local organizations. Here are some tips:
- Consider libraries, non-profit children’s organizations for homeless, foster children and struggling families, Goodwill and Children’s Hospital’s thrift stores, and after-school programs.
- Call the charity or organization and see if they accept used children’s books and what their guidelines are.
- Go through your books and make sure all pages are present, readable and stain-free.
You can also check Donation Town, an online directory of charities that offer donation pick up services.
To learn more, Follow Dinosaur Train:
The Jim Henson Company:
and PBS Kids:
disclosure: I received a copy of Guess Who Buddy in return for spreading awareness for this campaign. No monetary compensation was made. This is for charity yo! Go donate!