JACKSONVILLE, FL (March 3, 2011) Beginning this week in Jacksonville and culminating in early April in Tallahassee, students across the state of Florida will have the chance to learn about the importance of reading and giving. Thanks to an initiative from We Give Books, students will receive a special visit and free books from the ReadMobile, which is bringing school and family reading celebrations to Florida’s communities.
We Give Books, a digital initiative from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation, enables people anywhere to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them simply by reading online for free. In communities large and small across Florida, thousands of students, educators and families will take part in this month-long tour. The ReadMobile stops will feature stories from author Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama book series and the children at the selected school classrooms, community centers and United Way locations will receive free books, as well as access to the library of free books available online at www.wegivebooks.org.
“The importance of reading to young children can’t be emphasized enough, and in these tough economic times, sharing books with new readers has never been more crucial,” said Pearson Foundation President, Mark Nieker. “The ReadMobile is providing an easy and fun way to share books with families and schools across Florida. It’s also a great way to read great children’s books for free online, and use We Give Books as a teachable moment for children.”
The We Give Books Readmobile Tour of Florida’s communities is part of the more than 200 community events and activities statewide leading up to and during Children’s Week (April 3-6), which is supported by the United Way of Florida.
“United Way of Florida is very excited about its partnership with the Pearson Foundation in support of 2011 Children’s Week,” said United Way of Florida President, Ted Granger. “The We Give Books ReadMobile Tour will shine a spotlight on the critical importance of early literacy throughout Florida, and the donated books that the Foundation is providing to children in support of Children’s Week will open the door to thousands of children experiencing the fun and joy of reading.”
A digital collection of hundreds of children’s books is available for Florida students, teachers and families to access for free at www.wegivebooks.org. Follow the We Give Books ReadMobile across Florida on Facebook and Twitter (@WeGiveBooks), hashtag #WGBFlorida and track progress and information about the We Give Books ReadMobile Tour in Florida at http://readmobile.wegivebooks.org and the daily blog post at http://wegivebooks.org/readmobile.
About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.
About We Give Books
We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) is a new philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Working around the world through programs like Booktime, We Give Books, and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation have touched millions of lives in thousands of communities.