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Book Trust Press Kit

News media interested in covering Book Trust, or those needing an expert in children’s literacy and reading, please contact:

Anne Tengler | Vice President of Marketing
Direct: (720) 259-8049
atengler@booktrust.org

As a national literacy program, Book Trust is well-positioned to work with members of the media in a number of areas, including:

Literacy best practices
Promoting reading in the home
Reading programs and curriculum
National trends in education and literacy

Brief Description

Book Trust’s mission is to help elementary school children with little/no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners. With Book Trust, students learn the power of choice and the pride of ownership, and students’ reading levels and academic performance improve, motivating them to succeed.

Book Trust believes that Choice, Consistency and Celebration, along with access to books, create a world in which literacy removes barriers and provides all children with tools to navigate life successfully.

In 2017, Book Trust provided 1 million+ books to 51,000 students (22,000 in CO) who chose, read, and loved them.

Extended Description

Book Trust’s mission is to help elementary school children with little or no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners. In 2017, Book Trust provided 1 million+ books to 51,000 students (22,000 in CO) who chose, read, and loved them.  

Book Trust believes that Choice, Consistency and Celebration, along with access to books, will create a world in which literacy removes barriers and provides all children with tools to navigate life successfully. Reading at grade level by 3rd grade is a key factor in graduation rates; annual evaluation data show that Book Trust students make greater gains in grade level reading than non-Book Trust students (19% vs 4%).  

Dedication, leadership, innovation, and grit has grown Book Trust from serving 38,000 low-income students in 2016 to over 50,000 students in 2017.  Built on solid research, it empowers a “skin in the game” attitude whereby kids choose what they want to read, and teachers/families provide the daily opportunity and encouragement to do so. It’s a teacher-led, student-driven program that teaches students the power of choice and the pride of ownership. Over multi-year exposure to the program, students’ reading levels and academic performance continue to improve, further motivating them to succeed.  

More Information

Book Trust Program Snapshot

Each month of the school year, Book Trust teachers engage their students in choosing books that connect to their interests. Anticipation builds as teachers place their students’ orders on Scholastic’s website and kids start asking, “Are the books here?” and “How many more days?” Upon the arrival of the coveted book box in classrooms, teachers celebrate the books with students and create excitement about being book owners. Students hug their books, and sometimes even smell them, before sharing their new prized possession with their peers. Prior to the books going home, students proudly write their names in their books (in marker!) and begin reading their books. Reading, or at least beginning the book, in the classroom allows students to lean on their teacher for any support and gain confidence in the new worlds they’re discovering between the pages. Books are then placed in backpacks and sent home for students to read with their families. 

In terms of impact, Book Trust continually strives to improve both the components of the program and the consistent way they are implemented and measured. Our goals are an increased motivation to read, improved reading scores, and building lifelong readers and learners. We measure fidelity by evaluating book choice data, pre- and post-year surveys, and reading level gains. We say that the program is being implemented with high fidelity when five things happen consistently: 

Consistency – Book orders are correctly placed every month;
Choice – Students are coached on choosing books that reflect their interests during class time and are able to have peer to peer conversations around their choices;
Celebration – Book arrivals are celebrated monthly and provide an opportunity for children to express themselves, and share reading/discussion time with their new books and their peers;
Independent Reading Time – Independent reading time, using Book Trust books, with teacher support, occurs before the books go home;
Family Engagement – Book Trust parents are informed of the program and how it works, including setting an expectation that a routine will be established to bring the books home and to read for at least 20 minutes nightly, with family members. 

Meet Angel, Book Trust’s “Everykid”

At Book Trust, we often tell stories about kids and their reading challenges, and how Book Trust powerfully impacts their reading success. But sometimes it can be difficult to “cover all the bases” of the Book Trust story. So we created Angel, a made-up kid who reflects much of the experience of any (and every) Book Trust kid, as well as what’s going on behind the scenes. Check out Angel’s road map for success and Book Trust’s big dreams for “everykid.”

2016 ANNUAL REPORT

 

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Contact Book Trust if you require a different format or file size.
For b-roll video or approved still images, contact Katie Malone at kmalone@booktrust.org.

Press Releases

2017

April 2017 – Celebrating 500,000 books delivered
April 2017 – Community Partnership Brings National Literacy Organization to Empire Gardens Elementary
April 2017 – North Shore Bank Donates Jeans Day Dollars to Bowditch School in Salem
March 2017 – Book Trust Advisory Board_PR_3.21.17
February 2017 – Book Trust and Oakland Unified School District Celebrate Successful Program Launch

Previous Releases

November 2015 – Fort Collins Grown Non-Profit Celebrates Literacy Milestones with Annual Books On Tap Event
September 2015 – Three Denver-area schools join Book Trust’s network of programming for the 2015-2016 academic year
September 2015 – Book Trust Partners with The Denver Center for Performing Arts to Promote Kids’ Love of Reading
September 2015 – Book Trust’s “10 Days To Fall In Love With Reading” Campaign connects Family Engagement, Reading, & Denver Cultural Highlights
September 2015 – Lt. Governor Joe Garcia joins Book Trust to deliver books to kids during Colorado Literacy Week
June 2015 – Saltchuk Hawaii Companies Supports Reading Through Generous Donation to Book Trust
May 2015 – Book Trust Partners with Mayor’s Office and Community Programs to Promote Literacy
May 2015 – Book Trust’s Read-A-Thon Fosters Community Support for Reading in Fifteen Elementary Schools across State
March 2015 – Book Trust Gets Help From Local Celebrities in Delivering Books to Munroe Elementary and Celebrating Childhood Literacy
January 2015 – Elementary School Students Receive New Books Each Month and Find Joy in Reading
January 2015 – Book Trust Key Partner in the Far Northeast Denver Community Conference Commemorating the Legacy of MLK

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