was founded March 2000 to promote the excitement of reading in partnership with local businesses, by providing first grade students in the Lehigh Valley with a personalized storybook. Thanks to the generosity of our underwriting sponsors, there is no cost to the school district, school for family. Sponsors are encouraged to distribute and read the books with the students.
Incorporated as a Non-Profit IRS approved 501c3
"Learn To Read" program prints, assembles, distributes and reads the personalized books with the first grade children in the Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton Area school districts, here in the Lehigh Valley, in Eastern Pennsylvania.
For the 2017-18 school year only an estimated 3104 children will become extra excited about reading:
1505 first graders in 14 Allentown elementary schools + Sacred Heart
980 first graders in 16 Bethlehem school + Holy Infancy
619 first graders in 7 Easton elementary schools
We Can help our children succeed.
Reading is a basic tool for a successful life. For a child, it is critical for academic achievement. A child who cannot read at grade level by the end of the third grade is at high risk for academic failure as he or she progresses to reading-intense subjects. Yet nearly 2,000 Lehigh Valley third graders are reading below grade level, a number that increases to more than 2,500 by eighth grade.
(Source: United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley: 2008-10 Investment Plan: Youth Succeeding in school)
Thomas Jefferson insisted, "I cannot live without books." Walt Disney claimed, "There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." How can we help our children catch this excitement of reading that people have embraced through the years?
Learn to Read
Our Learn to Read program is simple yet powerful. We get children excited about reading by providing first grade students in the Allentown, Bethlehem Area and Easton Area school districts with a personalized storybook. The child is the star of the book with his or her teacher woven into the story. Why? Children read better and are more attentive when they are interested in the story. These sturdy hardback books have durable plastic covers and are printed in full color so children can read them over and over again, sharing their story with family and friends.
Local Businesses play an important role in the success of Learn to Read. Through a financial contribution, local sponsoring businesses make it possible for us to provide these personalized books free of charge to the students. By personally distributing and reading the books to the students, our sponsors show that they also believe reading is important. We recognize the generosity of our sponsors through a dedication page on the inside front cover of each book.
To promote the excitement of reading through the support of local businesses, by providing first grade students in the Lehigh Valley with a personalized storybook.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We believe that it takes a village to raise a child. Join us in helping the children of the Lehigh Valley experience the excitement of reading by supporting learn to read.
Here's how you can participate:
PA - Education Improvement Tax Credits
We have been added to the list to which businesses may make contributions and be considered for (EITC)PA EITC info. site page.
Sponsor the Learn to Read program at once or more local school districts through a monetary contribution.
Distribute and read the personalized books with first-grade students
Individual financial contributions
Personalized Books Given to Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) federally-exempt non-profit organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The official registration and financial information of Personalized Books Given to Children, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 800-732-0999 FREE. Registration does not imply
"The children get so excited to see their names in print. They want to read to everyone :)"
"I get compliments every year about how creative this idea is. The parents really appreciate the books and i know for a fact that MANY of them keep their books for YEARS!!! The first grade students of ASD are truly blessed to get this book year after year! What a treasure to keep! THANK YOU!"
"One student said her mom told her to keep it until she goes to college"