'There is no better gift a child can receive than a book,' said Larkin, who has written more than 1,000 fiction, non-fiction, humor, and poetry books for children in his career.
West Chester, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 23, 2013
To celebrate the upcoming holiday season, author and poet Bruce Larkin has pledged to donate up to 200,000 books to children throughout the United States.
“There is no better gift a child can receive than a book,” said Larkin, who has written more than 1,000 fiction, non-fiction, humor, and poetry books for children in his career. “Literacy is the most important skill a youngster can acquire. It opens the door to a life of learning. I’m happy to play a part in that process.”
The giveaway is aimed at students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. Teachers are asked to go to wilbooks.com and fill out a short form. These books will shipped free of charge.
The deadline for application is December 15 to ensure shipment in time for the holidays.
A West Chester, Pennsylvania-based author, Larkin’s leveled reading books are used by more than 60,000 schools in 91 countries.
Larkin is known for his philanthropic efforts in the field of literacy. In 2009, he donated more than 400,000 books to schools, teachers, and literacy organizations throughout the United States and has committed to donation another 500,000 this school year. He was named a “Literacy Hero” in 2010 for his generous donations of books.
Wilbooks, which was founded 1996, expects to sells its 50 millionth book during this school year. The company publishes fiction, non-fiction, humor, and poetry books geared towards children from pre-kindergarten through second grade. Wilbooks publishes leveled, educational books with a focus on teaching children how to read.
Larkin is also a big supporter of National Reading Day, an annual celebration of early childhood literacy. The next celebration of National Reading Day will be on January 23, 2014.