What Makes Us Unique
What makes BookSmiles unique? Our mission empowers teachers, students, and the local community to help ensure that ALL OF OUR CHILDREN, starting with newborns, have scores of books of their own. It's mainly students who literally spread the word in Lindenwold through pop-up book fairs like the one you see here at School #4!
We are thrilled with the donations that have streamed in during 2017! Just hit the DONATE/CONTACT US tab to connect us with sources of gently-used children's books.
We have distributed over 15,000 books among the five schools in our town! We're looking for 100,000 more and to expand to other towns.
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Books for Babies
Should pregnant moms think of educating their unborn children? Of course! BookSmiles supports these moms with loads of books, and encourages them to read constantly with their new-born children. We even provide local women's clinics with books!
Can you donate infant board-books and very early readers? Do you know someone who can? Please contact us!
Thanks, Beth El ECC
It was such a pleasure to gather books this evening at Beth El, my congregation and a place where I taught religious school for twelve years. Currently, I lead Junior Congregation on Shabbat!
The children and families of Beth El's Early Childhood Center just donated a few hundred wonderful books to BookSmiles, which will soon put them into the hands of appreciative children in the district where I teach!
To all ECC families, we're always collecting children's books. You can deposit them in the wooden bin, just across from Ms. Debbie Beideman's office.
BookSmiles now has a powerful ally with the Linden-Boro Chargers Cheerleaders! Here are some of the girls with a hefty book donation. There are more than 200 cheerleaders and they will contribute books for the rest of the school year and beyond. Thanks, Chargers!!
Thanks, Barnes and Noble
Thank you Barnes and Noble of Cherry Hill for donating 650 brand new books for their holiday book drive. BookSmiles is so proud to have you as a sponsor.
Thinking of buying books for the holidays? Go to Barnes and Noble and consider making an extra purchase that will help spread literacy in Lindenwold!
Another Teacher Joins The Movement
Jennifer Belko is a math teacher here at Lindenwold High School. She stepped up to start a book drive at her church, Gibbsboro United Methodist, and used a connection with the Junior Honor Society at Gibbsboro Middle School to collect nearly 700 books!
Jennifer is just one of several teachers in the Lindenwold District to contribute through BookSmiles. A big thanks to Jennifer and to all those who contributed to her drive!
Early Readers in Lindenwold's PreK
What a great night at Lindenwold's PreSchool! Dozens of kids and their parents filled bags, selecting from hundreds of books. A big thanks to Principal Ezekiel Gadson for giving BookSmiles a presence in the preschool during literacy night.
We'd also like to thank Lizabeth Carl, a professional photographer who captured many smiles last night! In fact, she specializes in photographing kids!
Let us know if have connections to preschools that would be receptive to hundreds of quality books!