Wednesday, April 24, 2013

World Book Night 2013


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Last night was World Book Night. World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading. 25,000 volunteers across America gave a total of half a million books within their communities last night. I was fortunate enough to be a World Book Giver. I applied to be one earlier this year, and yesterday I gave away copies of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan to many lucky kids. My two oldest children devoured his series, so I hope this book sparks a love of reading for others.

Here is my box of awesome that I picked up from a local library (a cute little library called East River Library).
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Due to heavy rain (again) in the Midwest, my original vision of skipping through the ball park giving away books to baseball players or their siblings was thwarted. But luckily I had a great back up plan. I attended my son's Cub Scout pack meeting and gave books to the older 4th grade boys. The boys were so polite and appreciative. It made my night! I wasn't able to give away all twenty books, so tonight I will give out my last five at the ball park.

This is such an amazing program, and I'm so proud to be a part of it. I love promoting literacy any way I can, and what better way but giving away free books. If you would like to apply to be a book giver next year, see here for details.
 
 

11 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bet those Cub Scouts were really excited to get a book.

Bish Denham said...

What a cool thing to do! Not much beats giving away books to kids.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Sounds like a cool thing to do. I'll have to think of doing this.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That's a great book to give out, Kelly. My son has devoured all of Ricks books.

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Dawn Malone said...

My boys loved that series as well! What a generous giveaway - I bet they were thrilled!

Gina C said...

I love World Book Night! Sounds like you found the perfect group to introduce to Percy Jackson.

Couldn't participate this year, but last year I gave away Diary of a Part-time Indian. Such a fun experience.

Jemi Fraser said...

That is completely awesome! I hadn't heard of that before! And the Lightning Thief is a perfect choice for those boys - such a great book. You rock Kelly! :)

Tammy Theriault said...

cubscouts would be the perfect "pack"! oh geez that was lame, huh? glad to meet and follow you! hi!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

OMGoodness, what a cool experience! I tell my husband that if we ever won the lottery I would stand outside a charity shop or shelter giving out $20 bills to everyone. It must have been a blast giving away so many books.

Christina Farley said...

My son LOVES Rick Riordan. Looks like you had a great time!