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Books Between Kids in the News
The Power of Book Ownership
October, 2016: Produced by Houston ISD, this video features parents, educators, and children within the Books Between Kids program and demonstrates the powerful impact book ownership has on Houston’s children.
Story Time with Deborah Duncan
June, 2016: Books Between Kids Executive Director, Jamie Grissom, joined Great Day Houston’s Deborah Duncan for story time and to talk about the importance of book ownership.
Turn the Page Literacy Initiative
June, 2016: Books Between Kids co-founder, Sandra Ahlhorn, talks with KHOU’s Shern-Min Chow about Books Between Kids’ effort to build home libraries for children in need.
Books Between Kids on Great Day Houston
June, 2016: Books Between Kids co-founders, Amy Barnes and Sandra Ahlhorn, appeared on Great Day Houston to talk about Books Between Kids’ mission and to kick off the June 2016 Turn the Page Literacy Initiative.
Book Celebration video at Pugh ES
May, 2015: Books Between Kids, The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo help distribute books to the students of Pugh ES
BBK Has Big Impact with Donation of Nearly 200,000 Books to HISD Students
May, 2015: Books Between Kids press release announcing our spring book celebrations.
BBK expands its efforts to include Pre-K students
May, 2015: Books Between Kids distributed books to Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center, our first year at an early childhood center.
Every kid should have ‘a book too good to put down’
Oct, 2014: Houston Chronicle article talking about how Books Between Kids started and how we’re growing.
Students get free books from Books Between Kids
May, 2014: Books Between Kids and Better World Books visited Bonham Elementary school as students chose their very own books. HISD captured the event on video.
A Celebration of Reading 2014 Bush literacy foundation raises record amount
May, 2014: Julie Baker Finck, president of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and Books Between Kids board member, is mentioned in a Houston Chronicle article about the Houston Celebration of Reading 20th Anniversary .
Houston Celebration of Reading 20th Anniversary 2014
April, 2014: Video shown at the Houston Celebration of Reading 20th Anniversary discussing the literary crisis in Houston and what organizations such as Book Between Kids are doing to help.
A Book in Every Home: Local Mothers Provide Books to At Risk Children
April, 2014: Books Between Kids was featured in an on-line article in West U – Connections.
One America Video
December, 2013: YouTube video posted by One America featuring their stop in Houston and Books Between Kids.
If you can read this, please help
November, 2013: Houston Chronicle Op/Ed article by Neil Bush raising awareness about illiteracy in Houston and how Books Between Kids is helping to address the problem.
Books Between Kids aims to increase opportunities for under-privileged children
November, 2013: After the Points of Light luncheon, volunteers from JP Morgan Chase and Points of Light came to the warehouse to help sort books. KHOU covered the event.
PointOfLightAward How Two Moms Are Pulling Kids Off a Dangerous Slide
November, 2013: Books Between Kids was awarded the Daily Point of Light Award by Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush and his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush.
HoustonChronicle-NeilBush Bush-backed books program gives Houston kids the chance to build home libraries
November, 2013: An on-line post featuring Books Between Kids and Neil Bush praising the work we do.
Books Between Kids promotes reading, peer-to-peer philanthropy
June, 2013: HISD filmed one of the book distributions in May 2013 and wrote an article for their website. To view the video, please click here.
HoustonChronicle-VolunteersCollectBooks Volunteers collect 70,000 books for HISD kids
March, 2013: In February 2012, Books Between Kids received a generous donation of over 70,000 books from Better World Books. Read about our donation and volunteer sorting in this Houston Chronicle article.
BBK-BetterWorldBooks Books Between Kids: Building Home Libraries for Children In Need
March, 2013: We wrote a guest blog post about our experiences for the Better World Book’s website.
News about the importance of children’s access to books
Choice in books may help kids’ reading score over summer
April, 2015: Reuters article discussing the benefits of allowing young children to choose books they’d like to read over the summer break.
Book smart: Just a dozen summer books could alter a child’s future
July, 2010: Houston Chronicle Op/Ed article addressing the need for children to have books.
Books in Home as Important as Parents’ Education in Determining Children’s Education Level
May, 2010: ScienceDaily article discussing importance of books in the home.
Home Libraries Provide Huge Educational Advantage
April, 2010: Pacific Standard article emphasizing the need for home libraries.