What was your favorite childhood book? You know the one I mean, your parents didn’t even have to finish the sentences, because you had them memorized already. I can still remember the first time I pointed out that my dad had skipped a word in a book. You could have tipped him with a feather, h aha good times! My Dad’s in Heaven now, and so thankful for the times we spend when I was younger reading books.
Now as a Mama, I get to share that same joy with my kids. It is amazing how much they love books, especially Buggie. She is a book worm already. Weeb, she can take them or leave them, but not her sister. She wakes up and grabs a book. We have read 10 Trick or Treaters and Five Little Pumpkins, so much that I have them both memorized. We even have a game for Five Little Pumpkins, where they run down the hall and I tell the story, they are pretending to “roll out of sight!” It’s great!
The first time I heard of TheFerst Foundation for Childhood Literacy, was at my local WIC office. Their sign up forms were in one of those brochure bins, so I grabbed one. Ferst Foundation is a Georgia based foundation that provides 100% Free books to children under the age of five years old. The foundation was created to provide low income families with age appropriate reading materials for their children. The statistics show that 61% of low income families do not have book in their homes that are age appropriate. That is an insane statistic. This is where the Ferst Foundation comes into play and sends one book each month to a child.
Not knowing exactly how it worked, I had initially signed both of my girls up to receive books. I thought maybe, they would get different books each month, but no. The same book is mailed out to all the registered recipients. That being said, we only get one book per month now, instead of two. Two kids with the same birthday often makes registering for things a little difficult. I’d hate for a company to think I am trying to scam them, but more companies should offer you a tiny little button that says, “TWINS or MULTIPLES.” That would take away a lot of confusion on both ends.
This month (March) we received, If You See A Kitten by John Butler. A very sweet little book sharing with your toddler the reaction sounds they should make if they see a particular animal. From kittens to alligators, the artwork in this story is amazing! A really cool feature of the Ferst Foundation’s program is they give you a little parent’s help guide with each book. Giving you some tips and information on how to interact with your child using the book they’ve sent you. We sat in the kitchen floor last night and went through our book, the girls LOVED it. They are really getting into animals, when we got to the spider, Weeb said, “Wooooooow! Eeeeek!” Not the sounds that go with the Spider, but she’s learning!
How do you find out if you qualify for a free book each month? Head on over to The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy’s website and check for your county. Currently they are servicing many counties in Georgia and one county in Florida, as well as a county in Montana.
Georgia counties include: Baldwin, Bibb, Brooks, Bulloch, Butts, Carroll, Charlton, Cherokee, Cobb, Colquitt, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, Dekalb, Dougherty, Douglas, Evans, Fannin, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Greene, Gwinnett, Hall, Hancock, Haralson, Harris, Henry, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lamar, Laurens, Lee, Macon, McDuffie, McIntosh, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Muscogee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pierce, Pike, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Rabun, Randolph, Rockdale, Seminole, Schley, Spalding, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Towns, Union, Upson, Walton, Ware, Webster, Wilcox, and Wilkinson counties.
Their website also states that not all counties are taking active registration, so the best way to find out if you can register your child is by going to the Register A Child link, and searching for your county. If you are not a Georgia Resident, but would like to participate in your child getting a book once a month, you can do so with a paid subscription. Subscription prices based on age of child registering. Click Here for more information about thepaid subscription program. You can also make donations and Adopt A Child Reader through their website.
Are you participating in any programs like this for your kids? Share the link below, so we can check them out too!
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links (amazon.com). When you click and make a purchase through an affiliate link, I receive compensation from the company, at no additional cost to you! Neither, My Daily Benefits nor myself are affiliated with the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. We are registered recipients of one book each month, and sharing this post to spread awareness of the Foundation. I have not received any compensation of any kind for this post from the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.
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