For too many children, books are a luxury. And it’s no coincidence that schools with the fewest books on the shelves have the highest percentage of students from low-income families, who have far lower proficiency levels in reading. An Open Book Foundation addresses this profound disparity, bringing award-winning authors and illustrators into 120 schools and organizations in and around DC, from Head Start programs to high schools. Fun, interactive reading and writing workshops engage students in the art of storytelling, and each child receives a signed book to take home (books are donated to school libraries and classrooms as well). Whenever possible, AOB seeks out authors and illustrators who are role models: students meet and connect with talented adults who look like them, grew up nearby, or had similar childhood experiences – and are then inspired to read and write their own stories. Since 2010, AOB has hosted over 400 events and donated over 25,000 books to the schools and organizations most in need. You can help bring literature – and learning – to life.
Awards & Recognition
Read Africa Award: Founder Dara La Porte October 24, 2015
Volunteer of the Year Award at Martha's Table 2105-16: Janet Zwick, Education Director AOB
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