I was reading articles about the goings-on in the BookWorld, especially in the land of children’s literature, and came across two news makers whose actions I felt needed to be shared.
Mary Pope Osborne donated 28-book sets of “The Magic Tree House” to every third-grade student and teacher in the Newark (New Jersey) school district! That’s a lot of kids who now have their own libraries to jump start a lifetime of reading!
Mary Pope Osborne saw a problem- and she solved it the only way she could have done. She said, “Studies have shown that if a child cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade, he or she is four times more likely to drop out of high school than a child who can read… As author of the “Magic Tree House” children’s book series, I decided there was something I could do.”
You can read more about why she did this here. She also included tips on how everyone can foster a love of reading- at home, at school, and in the community.
During the recent May elections here in Portland, there was a lot at stake for Multnomah County Library. There was heavy campaigning for the public to vote yes on a certain measure that would renew the library levy. Beverly Cleary, of Ramona Quimby and the Mouse and the Motorcycle fame, stepped up by donating $10,000 to the cause. She’s always been a great supporter of libraries (and literacy) and what a great person to have on your side!
(The measure passed with an overwhelming 84%! While that may seem like a happy ending, it’s just the first step for the MCL to secure a more stable source of funding!)
It just brought a smile to my face when I read these articles. Feel free to share any other news of children’s book writers doing good in the BookWorld!