Help Support U.S. Soldiers Read to Their Children

With only 5 days left to participate in the Now You’re Thinking! campaign to donate children’s books to military charities, we wanted to highlight one of the great organizations that will benefit from your support- United Through Reading.

Last week, the authors of Now You’re Thinking! had the honor of meeting many U.S. soldiers at BWI airport’s USO office and handed out free autographed copies of their book.  Heather Ishikawa, John Maketa, and Judy Chartrand honored the soldiers who had just returned home and thanked those soldiers who were preparing for their next deployment.  They were also able to see many soldiers take advantage of the United Through Reading program in person.

With United Through Reading, soldiers who are deployed have the opportunity to read a children’s book to a video camera and have that video tape sent to their children at home.  The program provides the opportunity for families to stay connected through the power of reading, while children are comforted by seeing images of their parent read aloud.  Since it was founded in 1989, United Through Reading has connected over 1 Million parents and children through reading.

While meeting with the United Through Reading team, we met one soldier who was getting ready to record a book for his daughter.  He said “When I kissed her goodbye she asked if I could read her one more bedtime story tonight. I guess now I’ll be able to do that.”

Pearson and the authors of Now You’re Thinking! couldn’t be more proud to support such an amazing organization.  Our campaign hopes to donate 10,000 more books to the United Through Reading library so that more children will be able to watch their parent read aloud to them despite being deployed.

Want to help?

All you need to do is read as many free online children’s books as you can at http://wegivebooks.org/nyt.  Make sure you select the Now You’re Thinking! campaign!  Here’s a quick video that shows how easy it is to donate a book:  http://youtu.be/wYReetQVKKo

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