I am a Kellogg’s Champions of Great Starts Blogger and I am compensated for my participation in this partnership.
That line from Taye Diggs in this video pulled at my heartstrings. It brought a tear to the corner of my eye because in my home, we have books everywhere. Every night before falling asleep, my three children read several books. Sometimes they’ll even read the same one over and over again. To them, books are nothing out of the ordinary. They’ve always been there and they’ve always had access to them.
But did you know that 2/3 of US children living in poverty don’t have access to books at home? Books are an integral part of feeding the imagination and opening minds to this magical world that lives between the pages of a book.
If you remember, closer to the beginning of the year I partnered with Kellogg’s to help provide breakfast for the 1 in 5 children in the US whose households are food insecure. Since all children deserve access to a good breakfast and books, Kellogg’s has partnered with Scholastic and I wanted to jump on board to help promote this worthy cause.
You can help place 200,000 books into home libraries, schools and local communities in two easy ways:
- Collect Kellogg’s Great Starts Great Stories codes from participating Kellogg’s products to receive a free book, or “gift” a book to a school in need, through nonprofit literacy organization Books for Kids. Go to KelloggsFreeBook.com to learn more.
- Visit www.Scholastic.com/MiniMissions to participate in Frosted Mini-Wheats “Mini” Missions and earn two free books monthly, as well as enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win Scholastic books and grants for local schools and communities.
I know it seems like such a huge goal, but we can make it happen if we all work together. We’ve already started working on September’s mission which is “Outdoor Explorer.” We live on a cul-de-sac and our house backs up to the woods. It gives us the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors without having to travel anywhere. I think this months mission will be a breeze to complete. And when we complete our mission, it will trigger a book donation. We spend time as a family exploring the outdoors and a child receives a book. It’s a win/win situation all the way around!
I know a lot of us take reading for granted, but what about the children who can’t read simply because their family can’t afford to buy books. Y’all, I can’t handle it. I have to help and I hope you will too!