The end of the year is a time to reflect on one's good fortune and to find ways, however small, to ease the path for those with less opportunities.
Here are some groups both national and local whose work I admire:
One of the highest indicators of future financial and career success in life is having books in your home during childhood. The number of Americans who don't have any books is both alarming and depressing. Consequently most of my favorite groups' goals are to get as many books in as many hands as possible.
First Book supplies literally millions of books to kids around the nation who otherwise would not have them. Innovations include a marketplace where registered charities and qualifying schools can get books at no-or-low cost.
First Book is also the Knuffle Studio's partner in the Friendiversary celebration that puts special First Book editions of Elephant & Piggie Books into the hands of every title 1 2nd grader in New Orleans, LA, Springfield and Holyoke, MA, and beyond. (More on this and how you can join the celebration here).
First Book also works with Bess The Book Bus, a scrappy and awesome team that drives around the country distributing books to all sorts of folks. It is the only bus the Pigeon is allowed to (try) to drive!
|The Pigeon tries to get to the steering wheel|
If you have the wherewithall or inclination, consider supporting one or all of these groups this year.
On a less dire, yet no less worthwhile note, you can easily support the awesome Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art directly, or by buying books 'n stuff from them.
There are, of course, many other worthy causes and organizations to support. Thanks for yours over the years.
Have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!