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SD Deacon and Page Ahead Golf for Literacy

Be Book Smart

Join Page Ahead and host SD Deacon for an afternoon of golf and fun for children’s literacy. This year’s tournament will be held on Wednesday, August 20th at the Golf Club at Redmond Ridge. Shotgun start is at 1:30p with a celebratory dinner to follow. For more information, including registration and sponsorships, visit the golf registration page. Fore!



Help Kids Be Book Smart

Be Book SmartPage Ahead, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), and Macy’s have teamed up to Be Book Smart this summer and help get books to kids in need. Be a part of the action!

From June 18–July 13, 2014, give $3 and get $10 off* a purchase of $30 or more. Macy's will donate 100% of every $3 to Page Ahead & RIF to help provide free books for kids in need in our community and across the country! (*Exclusions and restrictions apply. See associate for details.)

Help Page Ahead bring the joy of reading to more children this summer! Visit your local Macy’s store or go to to learn how you can get involved and help Be Book Smart.

11th Annual Benefit Luncheon

11th Annual Benefit Luncheon

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Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive 2013

B&N Holiday Book Drive 2013

Barnes & Noble is giving kids in need the chance to read. Stop by your local B&N and pick out a book to support Page Ahead. The book drive will run from November 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014. To learn more about their program click here.

Mariners' Ibanez Shares Clemente Honor with Page Ahead

Seattle Mariner's leftfielder Raul Ibanez has been selected as the nominee for MLB's Roberto Clemente Award. And he's chosen to help Page Ahead with his award. Read more here.

Book Up Summer is on the Radio!

Hear how Page Ahead is working to end summer learning loss for at-risk kids. Stopping the Summer Slide

KPLU 88.5 FM
June 16, 2013

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Book Up Summer

On the final day of the 2012 school year, Page Ahead gave 20,000 new books to kindergarteners and first graders throughout Seattle and Highline schools districts.

By partnering with School’s Out Washington and Scholastic, and with a generous gift from Target, Page Ahead provided these mini-libraries to nearly 1,700 young readers. The group was diverse as well as large, but from urban neighborhoods in Seattle, to rural towns in Yakima Valley, to immigrant communities in Burien, participating students had one thing in common: their families were less likely to have books at home than were high-income households elsewhere.

Page Ahead developed the BOOK UP SUMMER! program informed by recent research. Studies indicate that differences in children’s resources at home corresponds to achievement gaps at school and, moreover, that the gap widens in summer months outside the classroom. By providing students with their very own books, Page Ahead secured crucial literacy tools for students whose access to reading material might otherwise terminate with the school year.

Page Ahead expressed its appreciation of families’ role in children’s literacy by including another surprise with the new books a voucher for two free tickets to a Mariners game! Over 200 students and families participated, and two lucky students joined Page Ahead’s Executive Director Susan Dibble on the field and the Jumbotron!

The books given away this summer will help students keep up their reading skills during the summer, and return to school in the fall ready to learn.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

On Saturday, June 23rd the Downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of all purchases to Page Ahead! Stop by to support Page Ahead! True crime writer Ann Rule and her daughter Leslie Rule speak and sign their books at 2:00 pm. Can't attend our bookfair at Barnes & Noble? Go to and support us online from 6/22/12 to 6/28/12 by entering book fair ID 10798569 at check out!

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Best Books for Kids Awards

The Best Books for Kids awards celebrate the talent of the authors and illustrators without whom Page Ahead could not fulfill its mission of giving quality new books to children in need. We hope the Best Books for Kids Awards will serve as a guide to teachers, librarians and parents in making quality literature accessible to children.

And the winners are:

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

How to Clean a Hippopotamus by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill

The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester by Barbara O'Conner

This year's nominees were:

Read Aloud:

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

A Sick day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead


Yucky Worms by Vivian French

The Bat Scientists by Mary Kay Carson

Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell

Lizards by Nic Bishop


Dear Primo, a Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh

Chalk by Bill Thomson

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan

Our judges for this year's awards are experts in children's literature, drawn fro across Washington State: Rene Kirkpatrick of Third Place Books, Seattle; Cecilia McGowan, children's services coordinator of King County Library System; Marilyn Carpenter, professor of literacy, Eastern Washington University and author of The Children's Book Compass Blog; and Stefanie Malone, community outreach manager at KCTS television, Seattle.


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