Kyle and Brady Baldwin are brothers and Eagle Scouts. They were recently featured in one of those weekend magazines that come in the newspaper. These two brothers started a program called My Own Book. The program gives books to kids who may have never owned a book in their life. I just can’t imagine not having books. But these kids have note a single book in their lives.

Kyle and Brady Baldwin saw that a cycle of illiteracy needed to be stopped and that would start with children. By giving children their very own book talking to them about the library and speaking in classrooms they got kids excited. And then Kyle and Brady got more people excited about this project by doing book drives, asking for donations from publishers and writing for grants. They have also created a website called www.myownbook.net. The website has links to what the two are doing and also how to start your own chapter of the program.

I think this is a fantastic program and I thought about trying to do something similar with new fathers at the hospital. Gathering books for new dads so that they would have some special books to read to their kids. Who kows maybe I could still do something like that.

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  1. Carol says:

    I love how these kids’ story has inspired you to think about a project of your own. Who knows…You just might get a dad reading to their kids that might not otherwise.

    Very cool.

    Carol’s last blog post..13 Ways to Get Kids to Want to Practice Their Music

  2. BenSpark says:

    Carol,
    I had the idea before I read the article, they just reinforced my desire to press on with doing something. But they are pretty amazing kids.

  3. Lea says:

    If you go to bookmooch.com. You can sign up as a charity and let the site owner and the members know what you want to do. They will give you points to request books from other members without having to have your own borrowing library. The site itself is free and you can request the books as you see them. Are you going to do this locally or nationally?

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  4. BenSpark says:

    Lea,
    I’ve never heard of BookMooch, I will certainly take a look into that organization. I was thinking of starting locally.

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