Beginning home libraries include an assortment of new and used books. Plan to include the following core books in your ministry project:
The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories
Illustrated easy-to-read stories designed to pique children’s interest in the Bible. Available in English, Spanish, and dual language versions. Free shipping.
What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick
Designed to educate parents on common childhood ailments–treament, what to watch out for, and at what point to visit the doctor. Research suggests this book saves families approximately $600 in unnecessary emergency room visits. English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese versions are available. Non-profit organizations may purchase the books at reduced cost.
Third Week Books Instructional Readers
Four instructional reader options. Books include child friendly stories and information for parents regrading the importance of reading to children. Two books are geared towards parents of infants while the other two are designed for parents of toddlers. Click here to learn more about the titles offered by Third Week Books.
A low cost NIV (or other translation) Bible ideal for outreach, evangelism, bulk distribution and personal use.
If you would like to obtain new and used books that have been donated to Literacy Connexus, contact us.
Sort books into approximate age/grade levels for your family reading fair. Print the following guidelines and hold a sorting session.
Sorting books does not have to be complicated or exact. These guidelines include guided reading levels and lexile levels sometimes found on the backs of books, as a tool to help if needed . Grade levels are sometimes printed on the back of the book or on the copyright page. In such cases, grade level will be indicated with a number and decimal. For instance, 2.3 means the book is appropriate for a second grader, three months into the school year.
If you have difficulty figuring out the level of a particular book try:
Display books at your family reading fair on tables or in Books for the Border and Beyond bookcases, sequentially, from baby readers on up. Children and parents will gravitate to their appropriate reading levels. Do not post grade/age level signage since children in poverty typically read below level. The goal is for children to obtain books they will want to read, regardless of age or grade level. Position volunteers to help with book selection.
** Just because a book is a “picture book” does not mean a young child can read it. Picture books are often written at a fourth grade level or higher.**