Every student at Bonham Elementary has books to read over the summer thanks to Books Between Kids. The organization stopped by the school on Monday to give each child six books.
“One of the things that’s great about distributing the books this time of year is that the kids get excited about reading,” said Sandra Alhorn, co-founder of Books Between Kids. “They’re done with testing, they’re pretty much done with school, they get their books to take home. All of a sudden they’re excited and can’t wait to go read.”
Books Between Kids collects books all year to distribute to schools in May. The organization received a massive donation of two 18-wheelers full of books from Better World Books.
“Every time we sell a book on BetterWorldBooks.com, we donate a book to someone in need,” said John Ujda, the company’s chief literacy officer.
Ujda said seeing the children’s reactions is the best part of his job.
“You can just see their eyes light up at this concept of, ‘Wait, I get to keep this book?’ They really get jazzed about that. They get assigned reading all year long, and all their time goes to that assigned reading. Now they get to pick what they really want for the summer.”
Books Between Kids donated about 140,000 books to students at 32 elementary schools this year. The organization always needs donations and volunteers. If you’d like to help, please visit BooksBetweenKids.org for more information.