Give A Child A Book


Local 'If you Give a Child a Book' campaign gifts thousands of books to Harold Steele Elementary

Lydia Camarillo and José Zozaya share in the joy of reading
Posted: 2:27 PM, Feb 16, 2022
Updated: 2022-02-18 11:56:41-05
Baehr with Make Way for Books is part of the nonprofits mission to empower parents and remind them they already have what it takes.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The annual "If You Give A Child A Book" campaign, spearheaded by the Scripps Howard Foundation is a nationwide effort to place books into the hands of children in the critical kindergarten through third grade years when they are still learning to read.

For this age group, there is no replacement for beloved books that a child can return to over and over.

With more than $10,000 in combined funds donated by the Scripps Howard Foundation, and KGUN 9 staff and viewers last fall during the "If You Give a Child a Book" campaign to benefit children in our area, more than 2,000 books were donated to Harold Steele Elementary. The school will distribute the books at a book fair in partnership with Scholastic Books on Thursday morning.

“From Curious George to Fancy Nancy, reading inspires creativity and imagination” said Tregg White, KGUN 9 and KWBA vice president and general manager. “It’s rewarding to know our KGUN 9 team and our viewers’ who donate to the campaign feel that if you give a child a book, the possibilities are endless.”

Good Morning Tucson's Lydia Camarillo and José Zozaya were on location at the school to share in the joy of reading.

Every kinder child was able to go home with eight free books and close to 200 books will be distributed among classrooms.

Books should not be luxuries beyond the reach of low-income children. They are essential for a well-balanced childhood reading diet and pave the pathway to a successful future. Simply put, “If You Give a Child a Book…” you give a child a chance. ~Scripps Howard Foundation

Studies show children who grow up with books in the home enjoy a substantial advantage in literacy skills over children who do not, and children who are read to frequently do better in school.