The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati is partnering with the As Told By Foundation during the month of April for a virtual book drive featuring literature that highlights positive Black characters and stories.
The As Told By Foundation works to close the children’s literacy gap by providing positive Black literature that amplifies Black youth’s voices. They work to foster a love of reading, while also ensuring that children can see themselves represented positively in the books they read. The As Told By Foundation has donated over 1,000 books to teachers, nonprofit organizations, and students through the Black Literature Book Drive.
According to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center 2019 survey report, just 11.9% of main characters in children’s and young adult books are Black/African. As shared in this blog by Jodie Rodriguez, stories of other people’s lives can impact our own by helping us better understand our world. Kids need to see people who look like them who face challenges, overcome obstacles, and make a difference in the world.
You can get involved in the virtual Black Literature Book Drive by shopping the wish list at the Blue Manatee Literacy Project. Be sure to type “YMCA” in the comment section of your shopping bag so we know you are participating with the Y! By participating in the virtual book drive through the Blue Manatee Literacy Project, your impact can go even further. For every purchase, the Blue Manatee Literacy Project donates a book to a child in the Greater Cincinnati area who may not otherwise have access to one.
What: Black Literature Book Drive
When: April 2 – April 30
How: Visit https://www.bluemanatee.org/astoldby
Click “Shop the ATB Wish List,” choose the book(s) you wish to donate, and type “YMCA” in the order’s comment section so we know you are participating with us!