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Posted at 5:05 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 17:15:32-04

Now more than ever, children need access to books in their homes. The “If You Give A Child a Book …” campaign puts books into the hands of children in need across our community


A significant marker for educational success occurs when most children are only 8-9 years old. How well a child reads at the end of third grade can affect the rest of her education.

  • A child who can’t read at grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate from high school. If this same child lives in poverty, 13 times less likely to graduate.
  • But 61% of low-income families have zero books at home

The “If You Give a Child a Book … ” childhood literacy campaign seeks to make sure books are available to kids who need them most.

Across the country, Scripps brands partner with low-income schools and local nonprofit groups that work directly with children and families to present the books through book fairs and other giveaways throughout the following year. In the program’s first four years, the campaign has donated more than 352,000 new books to children nationwide facing poverty in their communities.

Please join us in our mission to empower children in need with the literacy tools they need to be successful in school and in life by donating to our “If You Give a Child a Book … ” campaign.


Book Distribution
Whether schooling is in-person, fully remote or a hybrid of the two, Scripps Howard Foundation and our partner, Scholastic Book Fairs, will have options that ensure books reach children who need them most:

  • In-school options: For those schools having classes on-site, book fairs and book nooks will be fully supported, utilizing social distancing and other safety measures.
  • Remote options: Scholastic Book Fairs will work one-on-one with schools operating remotely. In most cases, teachers will order books based on the interests and reading abilities of the children in their classes. Books will be delivered to the schools and then distributed directly to children by the schools.
  • Hybrid: Schools operating on a hybrid model can choose the option that works best for them.

So much is changing right now, but our promise remains strong – to empower all young readers through age-appropriate and culturally relevant books and provide kids with a sense of normalcy and joy, especially through such uncertain times.


Learn more about the campaign at ifyougiveabook.com.