Now in its third year, A Good Book Drive inspires Vancouverites to donate a new copy of their favourite kids’ book during the month of November. The project aims to collect 3000 books to donate to this year’s recipient ONE TO ONE Literacy, a unique local children’s literacy program that supports struggling young students by encouraging a love of reading.
A Love for Great Stories
Established by Cory Ashworth and Lizzy Karp, A Good Book Drive was inspired by the way adults talk about kids’ books.
“When people tell me about childhood memories of reading, they share incredibly rich stories,” says Lizzy Karp, producer of local storytelling event Rain City Chronicles. “Our passion for storytelling is influenced by what we read as a kid, so we wanted to create an element in this book drive to celebrate those stories.” Adds Cory Ashworth, celebrated host and philanthropist, “We want an opportunity to reflect on the books and powerful stories that impacted our lives in big and small ways.”
Participate in A Good Book Drive
“A Good Book Drive asks Vancouverites to purchase a new copy of their favourite kids’ book and deliver it to set locations throughout the city including Collage Collage, Nelson the Seagull, Dilly Dally, The Juice Truck and many more. There, donors will be able to personalize their donation with a special bookplate, sharing their own story of why that book is special,” says Lizzie Karp, organizer of A Good Book Drive.
“By permanently placing those stories within the cover of the books, students in the ONE TO ONE program will read the personal narratives and learn about the impact of that book on someone else’s life.”
Children who are read to (and who read) are happier, perform better in school and are more likely to graduate high school and pursue higher education. Reading develops language and literacy skills and develops children’s imaginations, empathy and self-esteem. So I hope you’ll bring a new version of an old favourite to one of the eleven drop-off points between now and November 30. If you can’t get to any of the drop-off points this November, consider donating the program.