New Books to Benefit Houston-Area Children

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Houston, TX

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Scholastic Book Fairs Donate 15,000 New Books to Benefit Children in Celebration of the Holidays

Houston, Texas (Nov. 30, 2015)  -  In celebration of the holiday season, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (the Foundation) and Scholastic Book Fairs, a division of Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, recently announced a donation of 15,000 new books through the Scholastic Possible Fund. The donation will benefit children served through area nonprofit organizations, including Crown Excellence, Houston Area Urban League, Kids’ Meals, Inc., Legacy Community Health Centers, Literacy Advance of Houston, The Kids’ Reading Room, and Making It Better. These local organizations were selected to receive this generous donation as a result of their ongoing collaboration with the Foundation to help combat Houston’s literacy crisis and for their relentless commitment to implementing youth literacy programs throughout our community.

“We are extremely excited to team up with Scholastic Book Fairs to donate new children’s books and spread the joy of reading to economically disadvantaged children across our city,” said Dr. Julie Baker Finck, President of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. “By working in collaboration with these literacy-focused organizations, the books will reach the hands and homes of many children who are not book-owners and may not have access to books outside of their school libraries and classrooms.”

According to the most recent Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report™, children ages 6 - 17 from lower-income households are more likely to read books for fun in school and far less likely to read books outside of school than their higher-income peers in part because of lack of access to books. The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is working to change this statistic by helping to build the capacity of community-based literacy organizations through volunteer mobilization and a boost in literacy program resources. Each literacy partner will receive an array of books to give to children through their literacy programs and special holiday events scheduled during the month of December and into the New Year.
“Scholastic is honored to support the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and its mission of positively impacting the lives of Houstonians through the power of literacy,” said Alan Boyko, President of Scholastic Book Fairs. “Through this donation, we hope to inspire young students to explore the endless possibilities and fun that comes with learning and reading a great book.”

About the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, co-chaired by Neil and Maria Bush, was established as a charitable organization focused on improving the quality of life for Houston residents through the power of literacy. The Foundation advocates for literacy as a fundamental right of everyone and a foundational skill towards success in life. It is founded on the belief held by Former First Lady Barbara Bush, “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless.” In 2013, the Bush Family created the Houston-based foundation separate from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a national foundation, in response to the need to deepen the awareness of and intensify services and support for the nation’s fourth largest and most diverse city – Houston. To learn more about, please visit www.bushhoustonliteracy.org.

About The Scholastic Possible Fund
The Scholastic Possible Fund was established as part of the Company’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative to provide donations of new, quality books to children in underserved communities and in communities recovering from crises or natural disasters with the goal of improving global literacy. Books from The Scholastic Possible Fund are distributed through non-profit partner organizations that work to help children and families understand the importance of books and reading from birth through adulthood as a pathway to understanding oneself and becoming a lifelong learner.