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Read. Share. Give.


I’m a little hung up on summer reading at the moment.  I’ve got one reluctant emergent reader, one voraciously-reading hermit who refuses to play outside, and one baby who prefers books to hugs or food.  Regardless of the ages and stages of your kids, there are a ton of great things happening with reading this summer and encouraging reading is so important.  It deserves our attention.

From a recent press release from KinderCare Learning Centers about their Read. Share. Give. initiative:

KinderCare believes all children should have access to books, both at school and at home.   We know that spending just a few minutes each day sharing a story with children in their earliest years sets the foundation for future educational success.  It all starts with a book.  A book ignites a child’s imagination.  A book lays the foundation for future school success.  And a book can spur a child’s motivation, confidence and curiosity in the world. 

This summer program is simple.  It’s about reading a book, sharing that book and then giving books to children in need.  You read and share and KinderCare will give.

To get involved, choose a book you’d like to read with your family.  Then visit the KinderCare website and print off a book label with a tracking number to paste inside the front cover of the book.  Enter the code on the website to track your book’s journey.  Then pass the book along to another child or family and encourage them to keep tracking and passing the book along.

You can follow your book’s progress at

As people participate in the program, KinderCare will donate to Reach Out and Read, an awesome non-profit that supports early literacy by getting books into the hands of children and parents.  The more people read and share, the more books KinderCare will donate.

KinderCare® Learning Centers, the nation’s leading early childhood education and care provider, operates more than 1,700 community-based centers across the country.