As part of Scholastics global literacy campaign,Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life., weve identified organizations that work every day to see that children learn to read, love to read, and have access to books. We call themLiteracy Championsandwe want to acknowledge their hard work here on the blog in ourLiteracy Champions series. In this next installment, were focusing on one of our more recent Literacy Champions, Book Trust. What if your only wish was to choose and own a book? This is the reality for almost every Book Trust student. Kais story Kais backpack was growing heavier and heavier. It grew so heavy that his teacher finally said, Kai, this is ridiculous. Your backpack is weighing you down. When Kai opened his backpack, the teacher found his entire personal librarythe one he had been building from his Book Trust selections all year long20 books! Her first reaction was to reprimand him for lugging all those books back and forth from home each day. But then she realized: he didnt have a real home. These books were his only possessions, and he was unwilling to risk losing a single one. They were books he chose. Books he loved. They were books that allowed him to escape to another world. Bookshelf or none, they were his. Choosing books each month sparked Kais passion for reading. He became an avid reader. And unlike so many of his peers living in underserved communities, Kai was reading proficiently by third grade. Reading proficiently by third grade meant Kai was four times more likely to graduate from high school. Book Trust currently provides over 25,000 students across the nation with the opportunity to choose and own $7 worth of books from Scholastic Book Clubs each month. Since 2001, they have invested nearly $5 million dollars in children in needenabling them to choose over 2.3 million books. Teachers have accrued over 33 million Scholastic bonus points. Book Trusts goal is to provide over 600,000 books this year, bringing the grand total to 3 MILLION BOOKS! Through Book Trust, Kai and other students like him are building their home libraries or backpacks full of books. Books they choose, own, and delight in over and over. Theyre reading more. Theyre reading better. And, theyre becoming life-long learners who love to read. Theyre making childrens wishes come true. Learn more atbooktrust.org. Anyone who helps a child to read is a Literacy Champion in our book, and we invite you tojoin our growing listof people committed to supporting childhood literacy. You can also support a LiteracyChampion near youbrowsea full liston our Read Every Day Lead a Better Life. site.