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Children's Book Program

Each month, KEET distributes hundreds of free books to local children through workshops, Share a Story and other Ready To Learn events. The primary objective of our free book program is to coordinate ongoing book distributions to children and their parents through existing community-based tutoring, mentoring, and family service organizations. We want to get children as young as possible excited about books to establish a life long love for reading, writing and communication.

Here are some interesting quotes about the importance of reading to your child:

"When you read with your child, you show them that reading is important, but you also show them they're important - that they are so important to you that you will spend 20 minutes a day with your arm around them."

Laura Bush (2003) Moscow Children's Book Festival, reported in Library and Information Update, November 2003

"Reading is just one aspect of cognitive development, and cognitive development is just one aspect of human development. A child's curiosity and belief that he or she can succeed are just as important to reading as knowing the alphabet. I am urging that we broaden our approach to literacy by focusing on the whole child. We must also broaden our understanding of when and where literacy begins. Literacy begins with the thousands of loving interactions with parents after an infant is born. It begins as a child develops a sense of self-worth by realizing that his or her accomplishments, whether they be learning to roll over or to recite the alphabet, are important to significant others. It begins with sitting in a safe lap, hearing a familiar bedtime story. Eventually a child will want to emulate the parent and read, too. Reading, then, begins with meeting the child's physical, social, and emotional needs, followed by exposure to more formal literacy skills."

Dr Edward Zigler (one of the founders of Head Start) (12 February 2002) United States Senate testimony

"Reading and writing float on a sea of talk."

James Britton, educationist