Tomorrow, 120 books will be delivered to the NICU in Ogden. Thank you to those who have contributed books to this cause. Parents are reading to their babies while they are in the hospital. I love, love, love that babies are being read to while they are so little. Hopefully, this habit will continue when they go home.
This is what 120 packets look like - 22 English, 2 Spanish - each with five books because we are trying to build lifelong readers. These books give parents a way to talk to their babies and help the hours go by a little faster.
Included in this delivery are 27 more books from my neighbor Michelle:
And 16 board books from Dr. Carolyn Rich-Denson:
The donations are appreciated greatly. When a child has a love of reading, the world opens to them in so many ways. Thanks for helping us reach more babies than we could if we were doing this alone. People are good. :)
If you'd like to contribute to our book drive for NICU babies, here is how you can help:
1. You can order books for your own children from our online Usborne book party and the proceeds will go to purchase books for the NICU. I've received over $350.00 in free books for the NICU from people buying books for their own families through this web link. Usborne is really good to their hostesses, and they have great board books for babies. Click on the link: Usborne book sale to benefit NICU The books you order will be shipped directly to your home. You can then give them to your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews. The free books from the hostess benefits go to the NICU. Books make a great addition to your child's Easter basket.
2. We have set up a baby registry at Amazon.com with many books listed for the NICU babies. Some of these books only cost 2.50. Many of these are classics that all children should have. Click on this link if you'd like to help provide books for the NICU: Catherine Crosby Building Lifelong Readers Book Registry. If you order books for us, they will be shipped to me, and I will package and send them to the NICU.