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Help Southwest Human Development and Grow a Reader this May

According to a Scholastic Access to Books report, the average child has 13 books in their home library, but children in low-income neighborhoods have just one book for every 300 kids.


You can help donate books by participating in the Grow a Reader virtual book drive through Southwest Human Development this May. They are Arizona’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to early childhood development.


“For families that might struggle to put food on the table, books can be an expense that doesn’t quite make the budget,” says Jake Adams, chief development officer for Southwest Human Development. “Grow A Reader is an opportunity for everyone to support the literacy and development of kids who might not have access to books that help lay the foundation for them to succeed in kindergarten and later in life.”


The virtual book drive is simple! Go here to donate:

Items purchased through this online donation cart are part of Southwest Human Development’s Grow A Reader virtual book drive. Books will not be shipped to the donor. Funding collected through this online donation cart will be pooled to purchase books for donation to Arizona children and families participating in Southwest Human Development’s early literacy programs. Grow A Reader virtual book drive donations are also eligible for a dollar-for-dollar Arizona Charitable Tax Credit!

Donated books are distributed to families who participate in Southwest Human Development’s early literacy programs like Raising A Reader, part of a program that focuses on strengthening family literacy routines and community literacy connections, and Reach Out and Read, a national, evidence-based program that promotes early literacy in pediatric offices.

Through the Southwest Human Development’s Grow A Reader virtual book drive, you’re planting the seed to help a child develop a lifelong love for reading. You are more than an early literacy advocate, you are a life changer.

Support early childhood literacy in virtual meetings! If you’re using Zoom for virtual meetings, show your support for early childhood literacy with our children’s book-themed Zoom backgrounds. Download backgrounds and read how to use them here: Grow A Reader Zoom Book Backgrounds

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