News & Events
Congratulations to our Book Up Summer graduates!
As we say a fond farewell to the second graders, who are now fully stocked with books, we welcome a new wave of Kindergarteners! This past spring our new little readers have been excitedly selecting their first 12 books to take home and read throughout the summer. The results are exciting – kids who participated in our Book Up Summer program are showing test scores anywhere from 5% to 10% higher on the standardized reading tests than the previous group of kids not in the program.
We look forward to seeing our new friends for Book Up Summer 2016!
Help Kids Be Book Smart
Page 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 21 – July 12, 2015, 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: Macy's/RIF to learn how you can get involved and help Be Book Smart!
Book Up Summer book fairs 2015Whew! We just wrapped up Book Up Summer for this year. And what a year it was!
We held more than 50 book fairs this year! We gave 58,656 new books to 4,888 kids at 38 schools in 11 school districts in 7 counties!
“This is the best day of my life!” - Anna, Mt. View Elementary
GIVE BIG! 2015
12th Annual Benefit Luncheon
SD Deacon and Page Ahead Golf for Literacy
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.
11th Annual Benefit Luncheon
Barnes & Noble 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
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 BN.com and support us online from 6/22/12 to 6/28/12 by entering book fair ID 10798569 at check out!
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'ConnerThis year's nominees were:
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
A Sick day for Amos McGee by Philip C. SteadNon-fiction:
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 BishopMulticultural:
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 KhanOur 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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