Conference Charity - Reading Partners

Reading is the foundation for all future learning

BY SARAY GARNETT-HOCHULL, Minneapolis Local Host Committee
Fair+Equitable - August 2018

The ability to read and write is one of the cornerstones of our daily lives and has a powerful impact on one’s financial achievement. President Dorothy Jacks has chosen to focus on literacy for the 2018 Annual Conference charitable activity by hosting a Book Drive through a partnership with Reading Partners.

Did you know:

  • 32 million U.S. adults are considered to be illiterate (14 percent of the adult population).
  • 63 million U.S. adults read between a sixth- and eighth-grade level. It’s estimated that the portion of the population that can’t read costs the nation $225 billion annually through lost productivity. 

A solution to this crisis is to deal with illiteracy as soon as possible. Reading is the foundation for all future learning. Research shows that when students can read at grade level entering fourth grade, they are four times more likely to graduate.

Reading Partners is an organization that is addressing this issue on a national level, serving 14 metro areas across the U.S.: Baltimore; Charlotte; Colorado; Los Angeles; New York City; North Texas; Washington, D.C.; Seattle; the San Francisco Bay Area; Silicon Valley; South Carolina; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Tulsa; and Sacramento.

Get Involved!

Go to twin-cities/ for the Twin Cities site. Reading Partners is a successful organization, and IAAO would like to contribute to its future success. How can you participate?

  • Bring gently used books the to conference (see the recommended book list).
  • Buy new books from the onsite book store at the conference.
  • Make a financial donation at the conference.

Reading Partners recommended book list

  • “Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions” by Chris Barton, Don Tate
  • “Jabari Jumps” by Gaia Cornwall
  • “The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi
  • “The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors” by Drew Daywalt
  • “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt
  • “Beautiful Oops!” Barney Saltzberg
  • “And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole
  • “Dear Primo” by Duncan Tonatiuh
  • “The Swirling Hijaab” by Naimh bint Robert
  • “H.O.R.S.E: A Game of Basketball and Imagination” by Christopher Myers
  • “Anna Hibiscus Series” by Atinuke
  • “The Book of Mistakes” by Corinna Luyken
  • “Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna: The Very First Chicken” by Douglas Rees
  • ”After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)” by Dan Santat
  • “Ninja” by Arree Chung
  • “Take Me Out to Yakyu” by Mara Alpert
  • “The Word Collector” by Peter H. Reynolds
  • “The Little Red Fort” by Brenda Maier
  • “Big Red Lollipop” by Rukhsana Khan
  • “What’s My Superpower?” Aviaq Johnston
  • “The Bad Seed” by Jory John
  • “Viva Frida” by Yuyi Morales
  • “Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty
  • “Shark Lady: The True Story of how Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist” by Jess Keating
  • “Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World”
  • “Tree Lady” by H. Joseph Hopkins
  • “Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos”
  • “National Geographic for Kids”
  • “Down Down Down” by Steve Jenkins
  • “Mae Among the Stars” by Roda Ahmed
  • “If Sharks Disappeared” by Lily Williams
  • “Give Bees a Chance” by Bethany Barton
  • “Over and Under the Pond” by Kate Messner
  • “Grand Canyon” by Jason Chin
  • “Her Right Foot” by Dave Eggers
  • “My Name is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth” by Ann Turner
  • “Stephen Curry vs. LeBron James: Who is Better?” by John Emerson
  • “The Boy Who Never Gave Up: Steven Curry” by Anthony Curcio
  • “Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence” by Deloris Jordan
  • “What is the Superbowl?” by Dina Anastasio, David Groff, Kevin McVeigh
  • “The Crossover” by Kwame Alexander
  • “Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen
  • “Going Places” by Peter and Paul Reynolds
  • “One Well: The Story of Water on Earth” by Rochelle Strauss

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