Ready to Read? It took over 40,000 books for EBC to help meet literacy needs in 2020

Do you remember your 1st-grade teacher? Or the feeling of walking into your classroom each morning? How about the things you learned? Did you like reading? Did it spark your imagination? Or did you spend most of the day looking forward to recess?

March 2nd is Read Across America Day, so here at EBC we spend the month of March focusing on early childhood literacy.

Children in our community depend on EBC to receive books to help grow their literacy skills.

If you’d like to provide books to strengthen kid’s reading skills, consider donating new or gently-used books at any of the three EBC Hubs.

Do you remember reading groups? The teacher always organized them in ways that were supposed to make you feel like no one was better than one another. Maybe they were colors or animals, but the intention was to allow everyone to feel like they could grow and learn at their own pace.

But even as 1st-graders, you all knew what each group meant. The blue group read books with three-syllable words; meanwhile, the green group was still working on rhyming.

And the reality is not all children show up to elementary school having received the same resources.

In fact, families that live in under-resourced communities lack access to quality early learning care.

Science shows that one of the best ways to combat this inequality is to begin reading to children early and frequently.

For family caregivers to be able to do this, they need books. EBC supplied over 40,000 books in 2020 to children age birth through 12 years old.

The sites linked below are terrific resources for books most wanted and needed by the kids helped by EBC:

https://colorfulpagesorg.files.wordpress.com/2021/02/book-list-2021-read-across-america-with-colorful-pages.pdf

https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/explore/featured_lists/staff_picks?&_ga=2.182382759.1470392773.1615869725-170448036.1615869725

Learn more about doing a book drive here.

 

Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon

Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) in 1990.   A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.

She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband. 

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