Reading to children is a key factor in developing their language and listening skills, imagination, and love of books. When kids are exposed to books with values, purpose, and meaning, the benefits are even greater. Enter: Read for a Cause.
Read for a Cause is a book series written by Central Ohio resident, Jillian Boone, that features books with meaning, AND benefits local nonprofits. A portion of the proceeds from each book is donated to an organization whose purpose is represented within the story. The mission of Read for a Cause is to “Read More, Do Good“.
What started off as a hobby of writing children’s books as baby shower gifts for friends, turned into a way to accomplish the author’s hope to encourage childhood literacy and give back at the same time.
Read for a Cause Book Series
Each book in the series supports a local nonprofit by contributing a financial donation, as well as sharing the mission of the organization by increasing exposure. The dedication page of each book also features the benefitting nonprofit.
The theme of each book ties to the mission of each organization. For example, Little G’s One Man Band, about a little boy who realizes his passion for music, pairs with Sam’s Fans, an organization that funds music therapy in children’s hospitals throughout the state. Read below for the title of each book in the series and the nonprofit it is paired with.
“A Friend Is” + Community for New Direction (empowering youth to become a force for change through innovative leadership and prevention programs)
“Home Sweet Home” + Homeless Families Foundation (providing after-school and early readiness programs for children experiencing homelessness or poverty)
“Little G’s One Man Band” + Sam’s Fans (funding music therapy programs in children’s hospitals throughout Ohio)
“Lucy the Barking Dog” + The Harcum House’s Pet Connection (providing therapy dogs and educational programs in schools, assisted living facilities, and libraries)
“The Goobliez” + The Ohio State University’s Camp Kesem (a summer camp to support children through and beyond their parent’s cancer diagnosis)
“There’s a Dragon in Mommy’s Belly” + Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Camp Oty’Okwa (hosting a variety of summer and weekend camps aimed at promoting confidence and self-esteem)
All books can be ordered via Amazon, or you can order directly from the author by sending a message via the website, www.readforacause.org, on Facebook, or on Instagram. If you order directly from the author, she is happy to personalize and the books. Books are just $8 each, including shipping.
Nominate a Literacy Champion
Another feature of Read for a Cause is the Literacy Champions.
The organization honors “literacy champions”, who are often unrecognized for their dedication to reading to kids. These champions may be a preschool teacher, babysitter, afterschool tutor, grandmother, coach, or volunteer–someone who reads to children or helps others just because that’s just the right thing to do–not for any honor or trophy. These unsung heroes are often those who mold children’s lives in ways they don’t even realize. Honoring these Literacy Champions is a way of highlighting those who embody Read for a Cause’s mission of “reading more and doing good.”
Do you know someone who should be honored? You can nominate a Literacy Champion by sending a message via the website or on social media. There are no formal qualifications –other than it be someone that promotes literacy in some form or another and embodies our mission. See the literacy champions from each month, and find more details to nominate your own on the website.
Support Read for a Cause and the Organizations
These books make great gifts for birthdays, baby showers, or just because books are awesome. And your purchase will help support these wonderful Central Ohio nonprofits and the people they serve. It’s a win-win. Follow on social, share their causes, and “Read More, Do Good“.