MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Two organizations are joining together to help children in Shelby County get access to quality books.
Literacy Mid-South is teaming with locally owned Novel bookstore to provide books to Memphis elementary school students.
Currently, nearly 80 percent of third graders at Shelby County Schools are not proficient in reading.
The goal is to get 90 percent of those students on grade level by 2025.
According to a release, more than 3,000 students “received first-rate summer programming in 2018 and each student was given at least three books to take home” through Read901.
For the holiday season, the goal is 1,000 books or more donated through Novel.
If you would like to donate, you can purchase any children’s book at Novel, and specify the books as a donation to LMS or Read901 at checkout.
Recommended books include (but not limited to):
Adam Rubin books
Elephant & Piggie series
Andrea Beaty books, Drew Daywalt books
Dyamonde Daniel series
Ezra Jack Keats books
EllRay Jakes series
Skippyjon Jones series
Black Panther series
Dr. Suess books
Books can also be purchased online from Novel through their website.