Paperbacks that Give Back: Story Shares Announces New “Give One, Get One” Program

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Nonprofit organization makes award-winning books available for purchase by the public for the first time ever, through a new give back program.

By purchasing the paperbacks that give back, the public can help get these needed books in the hands of teachers and students—while also getting a book to give as a gift to a child or teen.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season (and the upcoming “Cyber Monday” and "Giving Tuesday"), Story Shares is making its award-winning books available to the public. The nonprofit organization is adopting a “Give One, Get One” model that will allow people to purchase a paperback while also providing a book to be donated. Books can be ordered online only at http://www.storyshares.org/books/paperback.

By purchasing the paperbacks that give back, the public can help get these needed books in the hands of teachers and students—while also getting a book to give as a gift to a child or teen. Story Shares provides books to teachers who work with students reading below grade level, mostly in middle school and high school. The teachers can then offer them to their students as more engaging choices to read.

“Most teachers and schools are constantly looking for more and better books for their struggling readers,” says Louise Baigelman, Story Shares executive director. “Especially for older struggling readers in late elementary school and above, it is so tricky to find the right kind of books that students both can and want to read. Teachers always tell us that they need more books that are relevant for their struggling readers.” 

She adds that teachers need to be able to provide students choices that are compelling, relatable, and also readable at lower levels.

“Our books fill that gap and make it so that struggling and reluctant readers can actually get excited about what they're reading,” says Baigelman.

Proceeds will also go to support the organization’s mission to inspire reading practice and improve literacy skills. Currently, more than 300 schools across 49 states and 53 countries utilize these books. Story Shares empowers and inspires many kinds of struggling readers including English language learners, students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, and students from low-income communities who have fallen behind in literacy skills and reading comprehension.

To help make sure more books get in the hands of the students that need them most, people can “Give One, Get One” at http://www.storyshares.org/books/paperback.

About Story Shares
Story Shares, a nonprofit organization based in Boston, is devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills. Its collaborative digital-literacy hub provides relevant and readable content for students who read below grade level beyond elementary school. By leveraging the combined powers of interactive web design and best practices in literacy instruction, their platform brings together writers, readers, and educators to engage and support readers who struggle. For more information, visit StoryShares.org.

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