Madison Reading Project kicks off Books for Educators giveaway

Educators who work with grades K-12 in Dane County can apply for this program, one time per school year, to receive 25 brand new books for classroom use.
Published: Aug. 22, 2023 at 5:27 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -Five-hundred Dane County educators will be heading into the new school year with classroom libraries brimming with new reads for their students.

Educators who work with grades K-12 in Dane County can apply for this program, one time per school year, to receive up to 25 brand new books for their classroom library.

“Teachers spend a lot of money in their classrooms whether its supplies, the decorations, the books, it’s ongoing and teachers care so much for their kids that are in their classrooms and their schools,” started Rowan Childs, founder and executive director of MRP. “We thought this is such a great way for our non-profit being so book and literacy-focused to be able to give back to teachers and to the kids who are in those classrooms.”

Madison Reading Project’s Books for Educators Program provides teachers with high quality books to build diverse classroom libraries.

Childs said teachers are able to choose from the thousands of books on display at MRP’s book center. “They’re able to really fine tune and select books that are at the interest levels of the students and then those are theirs to keep in the classroom all year round.”

Books for Educators 2023 runs Tuesday, Aug. 22 through Saturday, Aug. 26. Madison Reading Project connects the reading and teaching community with free books and literacy resources to in turn, amplify a love for reading with young readers.

MRP gave away more than 100,000 books to kids in 2022, an all time record for the non-profit since its creation in 2014. “Our non-profit is truly founded in providing free books to kids that are awesome and exciting and engaging and that has been our mission all the way back to 2014,” said Childs.

In an end of the month July update from the non-profit, it cited through their Free Book Fairs for elementary sites, free books, bus stops and middle school sites, they have given more than 1,200 kids access to books over summer break.

To help out with the Community Book Drive Wishlist, see here. You may also text TEACHERBOOKS to 44321 to donate now.

Madison Reading Project kicks off its Books for Educators Program Tuesday, Aug. 22.

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