Book-A-Thon

"I have been a special education teacher and reading specialist for 12 years. Imagine the difficulty of trying to teach a child to read who has no books at home -  then, books available to them in school do not spark their interest nor represent who they are. It makes a difficult job that much more difficult." - Mrs. Burrell 

The Problem: 61% Of children in low-income communities do not own a single book- US Department of Ed.
The Goal: Donate 10,000 books to children in low-income communities that intentionally represent those children. 
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HOW IT WORKS: 
People donate gently used diverse books, purchase my books to be donated, or donate funds towards this effort.
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Then I intentionally give books to children who are in need. This is done by way of community events, sponsoring classrooms, and giving books to children I come across who otherwise would not be able to have one. The experience is exciting and liberating for all involved. 
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Message From The Author

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My name is Erica M. Burrell and I am an author, illustrator, and special education teacher. I have been a reading specialist for 12 years and quickly recognized the need for diverse books that highlight the communities I serve. In addition, the motivation for my books is personal. As a Black woman coming out of the foster care system and diagnosed dyslexic, I never saw positive images of myself until I went off to college. These books are my way of changing the feeling of loneliness for current and future students of color. This is also why I learned how to draw — so that I can illustrate stories that often go untold. Often, the people I write about cannot always afford a book. So I am relying on this pay-it-forward program to bridge this gap. Thank you for your support.
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