2008 Summer Reading Initiative

Posted on 11 May 2008 Sunday


U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings; Wendy Bhagat, senior vice president, First Book; and Heidi Kilgras, editorial director, Random House Children’s Books today announced the availability of free books through the 2008 Summer Reading Initiative. Announced at Edward Brooke Charter School in Boston, Mass., the Initiative marks the first stage of a national distribution of over 850,000 free, new Random House children’s books to schools, libraries and literacy organizations serving low-income youth across the country.

The Campaign is a multi-year effort of the U.S. Department of Education, First Book and a host of major U.S. book publishing companies to promote literacy and supply books to children in need. Since June 2006, the Department, First Book and major book publishers have collaborated to distribute over 2.9 million children’s books to schools, libraries and literacy organizations serving low-income youth across the country.

For more information on the U.S. Department of Education and First Book’s book donation campaign, visit: www.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/bookcampaign/index.html

For more information on First Book, visit: www.firstbook.org

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