Monthly Archives: December 2010

12 books or $24

That’s all it takes to immunize 1 child against summer slide. 12 books or $24.Our 72,000 book goal just got a little easier (we hope): Books for Keeps was just approved as a Scholastic Literacy partner, which means we can buy new, popular books for $1-$2 each. The books the kids want most run closer to $2, which means for $24 we can buy approximately 12 current, popular books – and 1 more child will be less likely to fall prey to the summer slide in 2011.Why 12 books? In the most recent study on preventing summer slide, children who were given 12 books each on the last day of school grew their achievement levels at a rate comparable to attending summer school. We’re targeting 6,000 elementary school children, the majority of whom qualify for the free/reduced-fee lunch program, a poverty indicator.Small numbers like that make our lofty goal seem more achievable. Can you send 12 books or $24? If so, you’re blocking summer slide for 1 child here in Athens. Collect at your office, tell your friends and neighbors.Send your books or donations to Books for Keeps at PO Box 49761 Athens, GA 30604. If you’d like your donation to be tax deductible, make your check payable to Family Connection and put Books for Keeps in the memo line. They’ll earmark the funds for us, and we’ll use it to buy books.12 books or $24. Spread the word.

I know, it’s been a while!

Facebook, blog, Twitter… all silent for so long. My only defense (and it’s a good one) is that I have been working around the clock to do anything & everything that might lead to 72,000 elementary school books by April 30th.I’m happy to tell you that as time passes, Books for Keeps is developing a group of the most wonderful volunteers here on the ground in Athens. Committed, reliable, creative people who are taking on big responsibilities and making it possible for Books for Keeps to do more, more, more. But the clock is ticking. Some days I think 72,000 books is a ridiculous goal, other days I think: Books for Keeps supporters have surprised me in the past…The truth is, 72,000 books is the number we need regardless of whether people think we can reach it or not. Can you help?

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Updated High School Wish List

Thank you Lindy & Nancy at Clarke Central for this updated high school wish list!
Alexie, Sherman – The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian Anderson, Laurie Halse – Catalyst; Prom; Speak; Twisted; Winter Girls Barker, Clive – The Thief of Always Blundell, Judy – What I saw and How I Lied Booth, Coe – Kendra; Tyrell Carter, Nikki – So For Real series Chobosky, Stephen – The Perks of Being a Wallflower Clare, Cassandra – Mortal Instrument series Collins, Suzanne – Hunger Games series Cooney, Caroline – any young adult novel Cromier, Robert – Fade Cross, Cecil – First Semester; Second Semester Dessen, Sarah – any young adult novel Divine, L – Drama High series Doyle, Larry – I Love You Beth Cooper Draper, Sharon – any “teen titles”, especially Jericho Trilogy or Hazelwood Trilogy Duncan, Lois – any young adult novel (editions with newer covers only!) Elkeles, Simone – Leaving Paradise; Return to Paradise; Perfect Chemistry; Rules of Attraction Flake, Sharon – any young adult novel Forman, Gail – If I Stay Georgia Peach award winning books Going, KL – King of Screwups Haddon, Mark – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Johnson, Angela – First Part Last Johnson, Luanne – Muchacho Kimani Press TRU books for African American young adults Lockhart, E – The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks Mead, Richelle – Vampire Academy series Millner, Denne – Hotlanta series Moore, Stephanie Perry – any young adult novel Myer, Stephanie – Twilight series Myers, Walter [...]

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