“Having books in the home helps children from families in all walks of life and all around the world go further in school, and … the beneficial effect is greatest for children from disadvantaged homes.” —Dr. Mariah Evans, sociology professor at the University of Nevada – Reno and co-author of a comprehensive 2010 study on education influences
There are an infinite number of studies that conclude that households in which children read with their caregivers go further in school and are more likely to learn than those in which children have little or no access to books.
Through our Share literacy programs and our book donations, we strive to get books to those sections of society and to communities that would otherwise find it difficult to afford them.
“They are incredibly beautiful and well-written books and unique and it’s wonderful to be able to give books that feature stories and people from Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East. It is certainly extremely important and timely to introduce these stories now given the world situation.”
“These books share not only wonderful folk stories from a region not often represented in current children’s literature, but there is also an innate potential in them for supporting skills such as prediction, critical thinking, and social/emotional development skills of demonstrating empathy and conflict resolution. This is all done with humor, bold attractive art and a strategic use of vocabulary.”
“The Hoopoe Books and Lesson Plans are carefully designed to show effective ways of defining and responding to everyday situations. Students learn to tie educational learning to common experiences and apply real life solutions to abstract circumstances. The program provides motivation to problem solve and discuss plots, characters and imagery, patterns and relationships. Measurable results of students are tabulated and include participation and academic improvement.”
“The content of the stories was excellent. They all provided opportunities to learn more about the literacy traditions of other cultures and to explore new ways to engage children in literacy activities.”
“The staff and I are very impressed by the depth of the stories and how the same books can be used by different ages with different “teaching lessons.”