Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Whole Lot of Books for the NICU

Recently, Angie asked me how many books we've sent to the NICU since September of 2015 when we first started our project. 

In 2015, we delivered 365 books to the babies. So far in 2016, we've delivered 650 books to the babies. That means we've helped 203 babies begin their literary journey. This makes me happy because with knowledge comes power, emotional healing, and the ability to reason. 

This is what our latest delivery of 33 packets looked like. 

Michelle has been sending over a lot of books lately. She loves books the way I love books. Here are some of her contributions. There is The Napping House in this batch.
 Caps for Sale is such a fun read.

 Owen by the remarkable Kevin Henkes is a darling book.

I also had a couple of lovely ladies sell me some like new books for next to nothing (only a few dollars). 
Every books helps us help more babies. We have a hard time finding board books for a good price, and I like every packet to have at least one. Luckily, Seagull Book had a good sale on this cute book. I bought seventeen of them so I could make more packets. 

This cute book teaches the numbers one and two. The child can see the numeral, the spelling, and the items being counted. Your child can also learn about different animals with this book. This is a flap book but also a board book. At only 1.99, I couldn't pass it up. 

Check out the inside. 

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 (of all ages) 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. 

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. 

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

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