"If You Give a Child a Book..."
How would you finish this sentence? At ABC Action News, we believe giving children books can take them new places, open their imaginations, fuel big dreams, plant the seeds for future success and help break the cycle of poverty. Children who lack ongoing access to a rich selection of books spend far less time reading, resulting in lower reading proficiency and a struggle to complete high school and prepare for the world beyond. Unfortunately, many children in low-income neighborhoods lack access to the quality books they need to become competent readers. That’s where our annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” campaign in partnership with the Scripps Howard Foundation steps in.
Partnering with Feeding Tampa Bay
This year, ABC Action News and the Scripps Howard Foundation will partner with Feeding Tampa Bay to reach underserved children living in poverty.
Feeding Tampa Bay’s 80 thousand square foot warehouse is a safe first stop to sort thousands of books waiting for the perfect home. Volunteers take great care sorting each book into age specific categories to make sure hungry children not only get food but have an opportunity to forget their struggles and take pride in choosing a new book— perfect for them.
Feeding Tampa Bay has 50 school pantries in five counties.
Building home libraries
The annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” campaign helps students build home libraries – filling them with books children have chosen themselves.
Giving children the power of choice
Several higher education studies have found that when children select their own books, they are more likely to enjoy reading and score higher on comprehension tests. The Scripps Howard Foundation’s partnership with Scholastic Books ensures children get to do just that.
Providing access to diverse reading materials
When children have access to reading materials that represent different abilities, cultures, beliefs, races and ethnicities, they influence attitudes toward those differences. In the process, these books foster positive self-esteem and nurture respect, empathy and acceptance. Books should not be luxuries beyond the reach of low-income children. They are essential for a well-balanced childhood reading diet and pave the pathway to a successful future. Simply put, “If You Give a Child a Book …” you give a child a chance.