Picture Book Pass it On

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Picture Book Pass it On is a literacy initiative that encourages folks to donate new or gently used picture books to children. Picture Book Pass it On was founded by Michelle Eastman in November 2014. Michelle is a teacher and a mom who is passionate about children’s literacy and the power of picture books.

Picture Book Pass it On 3 calls to action:

#1 Post a “shout-out” to celebrate your favorite picture book. It can be anything from posting a selfie of you and your fave picture book kickin’ it, to tweeting a line from one of your favorite characters or scenes, or post a picture or video of you reading a favorite picture book with a child, pet, or loved one. Or blog about a favorite picture book memory from your childhood.

#2 Pledge to donate a copy of your favorite picture book to a local children’s charity or cause (domestic violence women’s shelter, prison waiting room where children wait to visit an incarcerated parent, a struggling school, etc.)

#3 Pass it on. Help spread the word about Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO). Encourage others to accept the 3 calls to action, and pass it on.

Visit Michelle’s blog for the full story behind Picture Book Pass it On. There is also a Picture Book Pass it On Facebook page.

I interned at Womenspace to complete my second major in women’s and gender studies at the University of Oregon. Working at a women’s and children’s shelter was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I spent a lot of time playing basketball with the children, helping them with homework, and reading to them. I also organized the donations we received so I know first hand how important they are! When I learned about Picture Book Pass it On, I immediately thought about children at shelters and decided my first donation would be to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance in my hometown Boise, Idaho.

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One of my favorite things about being a children’s author is participating in readings and book signings. I always bring coloring sheets to color with the children and give away balloons and bookmarks. I love to see their eyes light up with joy for reading. Kiddos love books and this is the perfect time of year to give to those in need. It felt absolutely wonderful to donate signed copies of my first picture book, Mama’s Purse, to help make the holiday season a little brighter for children in my community.

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I encourage you to get involved with Picture Book Pass it On. Give the gift of reading and help make a difference in the lives of children in your community. Michelle Eastman says it best, “Never, ever, underestimate the power of a picture book!”

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15 thoughts on “Picture Book Pass it On

  1. Wow! What an awesome way to “Pass it On”. When I started this initiative, I was in the midst of launching my first children’s book. Although I was overwhelmed with all that needed to be done for that, I felt compelled to create PBPiO; I am so glad I did. It is such a delight to see authors, like you, sharing their books with kids in need. It has even caught on in the UK and Australia, and I could not be happier. Thank you so much for taking your time to blog about it and to participate. Congratulations on your book. It is great to connect with you!

    Take care,
    Michelle

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  3. Whenever I travel abroad, I always take a copy of each of my books to give to children or schools. During my recent trip to India, I gave out a copy of each of my books to a small, village elementary school. My books are now all over the world from Tunisia, to South America, Australia, Japan, Burma and Europe. I hope the kids are enjoying them. I know I enjoyed meeting them. Beryl

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