Books Between Kids Partner School Application 2019/2020
It is the mission of Books Between Kids is to build home libraries for economically disadvantaged children in Houston. All students at our partner schools attend a Book Celebration on their campus where they each pick out 6 books to take home and keep.
You are invited to complete and submit the following application to either continue your school's partnership with Books Between Kids or to be considered as one of the campuses we add to our program for the 2019-20 school year. New schools are selected based on need, geographic location, and the school's ability to host a book celebration and incorporate the program into a larger campus-wide literacy focus. Most importantly, this application will allow us to get a better understanding of your campus so that we can serve your students more effectively.
If your campus is selected and not within Houston ISD, it will be the responsibility of the school to coordinate the transportation of books from the Books Between Kids Warehouse.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 832-831-1402 ext 802.
Please provide enrollment for your campus broken down by grade levels.
Book Celebration Planning
While Books Between Kids is able to grant the materials (books) for the book celebrations, each campus makes the book celebration itself a reality. Book celebrations give students a fun "book fair" experience without the cash register at the end. A successful book celebration is one that is promoted throughout the school; festive and organized; engages and involves staff, faculty, and parents; and is meaningful for the students. Book celebrations can be opportunities for more than just sending home books -- they can get students excited about summer reading and give them ample opportunity to practice self-selection skills and see reading as something that is fun rather than a chore!
Later in the year, principals and school coordinators (those staff/faculty members at each campus who will coordinate the book celebration) will be given opportunities to learn more about hosting a successful book celebration, but, before that, there are a few questions to get you thinking about how a book celebration will look on your campus: