As parents it is our responsibility to provide our kids with everything they need: love, warmth, food and shelter. We are also responsible for what they learn. Teaching them basic things about life such as day-to-day objects that they see, as well as animals and nature, is a must. Obviously showing them in person is the best way for them to learn but since we can’t always provide that, books are a second-best and easy choice. This holiday season you can provide a child in need her very own book to help her learn about basic concepts, such as the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Read more about First Book and how to donate to this very worthy cause.
The best-selling book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, published in 1969, is a perfect first book to teach kids the basics, such as colors, numbers and popular food, among other things. In the book, a caterpillar that has just hatched from an egg eats his way through a variety of fruit – one type of fruit for every day of the week. On Saturday he is pigging out on mostly junk food and ends up with a stomachache. The next day he eats a simple leaf and feels better. He turns into a cocoon and two weeks later – into a butterfly.
For older kids, The Very Hungry Caterpillar also teaches counting, the life cycle of a butterfly and a lesson in what happens when we overeat and fill up on junk food.
The book’s appeal is its simplicity and vibrant colors and artwork, aside from the wholesome messages. It’s just one of those books that young kids love to look though again and again and many will put their fingers through the holes on the pages that the caterpillar “makes” in the food that he eats.
Eric Carle has many other popular books that make perfect gifts for young children, such as “Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and “The Grouchy Ladybug”, to name a few. Brown Bear, written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Carle, teaches about colors and animals. This book is perfect for very young children, even babies. For slightly older kids, The Grouchy Ladybug teaches about the concept of time, the concept of size and how different animals are different sizes in comparison to other animals. The book also teaches about the more complex issues of confrontation and anger, as well as forgiveness and generosity. Both books are illustrated in Carle’s colorful style and collage technique, for which he is famous.
This holiday season consider First Book as a worthy cause. It’s an award-winning and nationally- recognized nonprofit dedicated to creating equal access to quality education for kids in need. Since its founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 185 million books and educational resources, with an estimated value of more than $1.5 billion.
The organization will launch its first-ever ‘GIVE A MILLION’ campaign on Giving Tuesday (December 3, 2019); the campaign aims to raise $1 million to get 1 million new, high-quality books to kids in need this holiday season.
By clicking on this link http://bit.ly/firstbook1M, you can donate as little as $1 to help the cause Books will fill the shelves of First Book’s network of 450,000 educators, representing all 50 states, who exclusively serve kids in under-resourced, low-income communities.
Educators will be able to choose the books that best suit their students’ needs from the new, high-quality inventory of books donated in bulk quantities by top publishers. Available titles include Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggy, The Mortal Instruments, Divergent, The Space Between Us, Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, Polar Express, and selections from Marvel and Star Wars.
Click HERE to donate any amount you choose, from $1 on up. $100 will support a classroom, $500 will support a grade level, $1,000 will support a school, and $5,000 will support a community!
Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO, and co-founder of the organization says, “Bringing new books to kids in need has an immeasurable impact, and for many kids, it will be the first book they have ever owned, or the only gift they will receive during the holidays. The sense of self-esteem that comes with that is worth far more than $1 million, and the fact that it also furthers their academic possibilities makes the gift of a book invaluable. This is an easy ask—grant a wish and give a child a future of possibility.”
For more information about First Book, go to http://bit.ly/firstbook1M.
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