Board member Jim Ward had a great idea: why not group books together into sets as we sort? Now we're doing this as we sort. Teachers will be able to select from tidy banded sets, featuring popular titles such as Geronimo Stilton, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Magic Tree House, ABC Mysteries, Junie B. Jones, and so many more.
BookSmiles was founded over a year ago by a high school English teacher who believes that teachers should not have to pay big bucks for books. Reach out to us if you're a teacher who would like free sets for your classroom. The are free!
We are very grateful for our supporters who have donated books and funds to enable us to do what we do!
Chadeau James was one of my students about eight years ago, soaking in The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Catcher in Rye. Now she is a mother-to-be who stopped by the school today to load up on books for her baby, due in another month.
This was a tear-in-the-eye moment for me as a teacher. This is a SWEET SPOT for BookSmiles. To help mothers welcome their babies into book-filled homes is simply the best. And the fact that I can do this for a beloved student is even better!
It was incredible to speak recently at The University of Rochester, my alma mater. I loved going to school here, and it occurred to me, as I revisited the stacks in the Rush Rhees Library, that this place helped inspire BookSmiles. I recall the stacks as a refuge and a great place to study.
I used study breaks to wander. I leafed through books nearly as old as our country. It always impressed me that this place housed millions of books.
BookSmiles will one day announce that we have sourced and distributed millions of books to kids who previously had none.