Family Reading Partnership

A Book on Every Bed
Amy Dickinson

Imagine... One million children across America waking up on Christmas morning (or another winter holiday) to find a gift-wrapped book on their bed!

Amy Dickinson of "Ask Amy" is encouraging families across the United States to start this special holiday book tradition. You can help by sharing it with all of the families you know.

Amy Dickinson demonstrates a Book on Every Bed.

Start a lifelong holiday tradition that gives the gift of reading in your own home and in your community!

How it's done:

  1. Select a book. it can be a new book, a donated book, or a cherished book that is handed down from one generation to the next with a heartfelt inscription.
  2. Wrap it. A gift carefully wrapped, holds the mystery of what story or adventure is waiting to be discovered and presents the book as the special gift it is!
  3. Place the book at the foot of a child's bed. It will be the first thing she sees on Christmas morning, the first day of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any holiday you celebrate!

Why this campaign works:

Grows with a child: A Book on Every Bed is a holiday tradition that every child will look forward to year after year as his brain, body and library of books grows!

Increases book value: A beautifully wrapped book, carefully selected for a child, is a way for parents to promote the value of books and foster a lifelong love of reading.

Deepens the relationship with books: Book ownership allows a child to return again and again to a cherished story, alone or with a loved one.

Fosters learning: When you give a book you also give the promise of reading aloud together frequently and pleasurably which is a proven model for language aquisition and literacy.

"We are so inspired by this idea! My wife and I are going to make sure that all the children at our neighborhood hospital in the Bronx will have a book on their beds this Christmas morning."

Tad Hills, author of "How Rocket Learned to Read" and "Duck and Goose"

Amy Dickinson reading to her granddaughter Sahela Andrea

Amy Dickinson reading to her granddaughter Sahela Andrea

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A Book on Every Bed