Brooke Jackman Foundation Announces Brooke's Best Books for Valentine's Day 2015

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Children’s Literacy Organization Selects Ten Favorite Books to Engage Kids This Valentine’s Day

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Each year, we strive to create a list that encourages children to make reading a habit and foster a love of reading all year round.

The Brooke Jackman Foundation(BJF), a children’s literacy organization that has donated more than 250,000 books to children and families in need since its founding in 2001, announces Brooke’s Best Books for Valentine’s Day 2015.

With help from children’s author and BJF Advisory Council member Stephanie Calmenson and the legendary Strand Bookstore in Union Square, BJF carefully compiled this list to encourage children to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a good book.

“The Brooke Jackman Foundation is thrilled to present Brooke’s Best Books for Valentine’s Day 2015,” said Erin Jackman, BJF Executive Director. “Each year, we strive to create a list that encourages children to make reading a habit and foster a love of reading all year round. With our new partnership with The Strand Bookstore and suggestions from our esteemed advisory board, the books on this list are a perfect way to celebrate the holiday.”

From Snowy Valentine to Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, this year’s list will appeal to children of all ages and reading levels.

The top ten books include:

  •     Valentine's Day Secret (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Book 12), by Carolyn Keene
  •     Snowy Valentine, by David Petersen
  •     Sweet and Sunny, by Coleen Murtagh Paratore
  •     Raymond and Graham, Dancing Dudes, by Mike Knudson
  •     Cam Jansen and the Valentine Baby Mystery, by David A. Adler
  •     It’s Valentine's Day, by Jack Prelutsky
  •     The Rabbits' Wedding, by Garth Williams
  •     Pretzel, by H. A. Rey
  •     The Biggest Valentine Ever, by Steven Kroll
  •     Dinner at the Panda Palace, by Stephanie Calmenson

For more information about the Brooke Jackman Foundation’s numerous literacy initiatives, visit http://www.brookejackmanfoundation.org.

About the Brooke Jackman Foundation
The Brooke Jackman Foundation was created in 2001 to honor Brooke Jackman, a bright and compassionate 23-year-old who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker. Brooke was an avid reader, and her passion and commitment to literacy and helping children spurred the Jackman family to create BJF as her living legacy – turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world. Since 2001, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated over 250,000 books and over 30,000 Brooke Packs, backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need. BJF has established four libraries, as well as a number of after-school literacy programs, in all five boroughs, including homeless shelters and Family Justice Centers for victims of domestic violence and crime in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. The annual September Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon celebrates the resiliency of New York and its children. Visit http://www.brookejackmanfoundation.org.

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