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West 29th Book Drive


During the Month of July, West 29th Merchants will be collecting gently used or new children's books.


All books donated will be given to Reach Out & Read Colorado.

Reach Out & Read Colorado gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  Reach Out & Read trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to prescribe books to children at wellness checkups from 6 months to 5 years of age, with special focus on children growing up in poverty.

Gently used books are placed in waiting areas at Reach Out & Read Colorado clinics to create a literacy-rich environment as well as given to siblings accompanying any child at a well-child visit. 

WHY?: TO PLACE BOOKS IN THE HANDS OF CHILDREN WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT NOT HAVE ONE.

Did you know that 61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate books in their homes? 


Fewer than half of young children in the U.S. are read to daily.


Children from middle-income homes have on average 13 books per child.  There is only 1 book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods.


The average child growing up in a middle-class family has been exposed to 1,000 to 1,700 hours of one-on-one picture book reading.  Where the average low-income child has only been exposed to 25 hours of one-on-one reading.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Children’s books for kids aged birth to young adult (17 years).
Children’s books printed within the last ten years, so a print date of 2007 – present.
Children’s books in new or gently used condition – no missing covers, torn pages, or pages with coloring/writing on them. 




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