Read a Book. Give a Book.

Looking for a way to get books into the hands of needy children in countries around the world?  We Give Books is a Pearson Foundation Initiative through Penguin Books whose main goal is to spread literacy to children simply by reading a children’s book online.  Simply put:

“We Give Books is a free website that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

Simply choose the charity you want to read for and then select the books you want to read. For each book you read online, we donate a book to a leading literacy group on your behalf.

The more you read, the more we give.”

I’ve pledged to read at least one picture book online every day to help send books to children who might not otherwise have access to quality children’s literature.  The first book I read was “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora (whom I love!).  I simply created an account, clicked on a book to read online, then chose the charity that I wanted to donate a paperback copy of that book to.  The cost?  Nothing, other then the time that it took to read the book.  The publisher simply pledges to donate the book that you read, with no cost on your behalf.  It’s pretty much a win-win.  What I really like about this website, besides being able to donate easily to charity simply by reading online, is the quality of the books offered.  Many of the books offered are books written by well known and well loved children’s authors and illustrators.  And there’s more than picture books too – there’s nonfiction, chapter books, and early readers available as well.  They currently have a library of over 176 books to read online, with more added every month.   So sign-in, read a book, and give a book!

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