Room to Read Provides Free Books to Children in Central California


Tulare County and children in southern and central California receive free books, thanks to Room to Read.

Room to Read partner organizations will help distribute books from the Peace and Equality collection during after-school, family engagement and early childhood programs.

“Reading is power – it is the foundation of all learning and the means for children to discover more about themselves and the world – through the pages of books,” said the CEO of Room to. Read, Dr Geetha Murali. “Room to Read will create relevant and representative children’s books that will be widely available to children in California and the United States so that they can immerse themselves in inspiring stories that develop basic literacy skills and prepare them for a lifelong success. “

The 10-book collection is distributed to more than 40,000 children throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area, including Fresno County, Kern County, Los Angeles County and Tulare County.

The books were created for children ages 3 to 8 by “a diverse team of storytellers.”

It’s the first title Room to Read has released in the United States, although the company has been around for more than two decades. By 2025, Room to Read hopes to provide books to 500,000 American children living in underprivileged communities.

“The organization hopes to provide all children with access to books that feature diverse stories and reflect community identities while celebrating the talents of authors and illustrators from those same communities,” read a press release from Room to Read.

The company began distribution in December 2021, providing 68,050 books to children in need. Tatcha, a skin care company headquartered in California and Japan, supported the initiative.

“What the Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare is the deep inequity and the urgent need to create meaningful and lasting change,” said Vicky Tsai, Founder and CEO of Tatcha. “We are delighted to be able to join Room to Read as a founding partner of their first literacy initiative in the United States and are delighted to work together to celebrate diversity, nurture the next generation and ensure a brighter future for all of our people. children. ”

Lauren Jennings covers education and news for the Visalia Times-Delta / Tulare Advance-Register. Follow her on Twitter @lolojennings. Receive alerts and stay up to date on all things Tulare County for as little as $ 1 per month. Subscribe today.


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