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Book Harvest Doing Good Work

By Harriet Staff

Book Harvest, this great organization, has a mission:

There is a book famine in our midst. We have the power to end it.

Books in the home are the single biggest predictor of a child's academic success. Yet more than half of America’s low-income kids own not a single book, setting them up to fail in school and to perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

Book Harvest collects new and gently used children’s books and places them in the hands and homes of children who need them.

Many of us have books at home that our kids have outgrown.

These books can change lives.

A nonprofit organization based in central North Carolina, Book Harvest connects donated books with kids who need them. Our emphasis is on enabling the children to select the books themselves, so that they are building home libraries they are excited about and they begin for the first time to view themselves as readers.

In our first 18 months, we distributed more than 70,000 books to low-income children in the greater Triangle.. Our front lines book giving continues daily. Working together, we can help all our kids succeed in school and in life -- simply by giving them books!

More info, including ways to help, at their website.

Originally Published: July 16th, 2012