Kinglsey House Proudly Supports Book Trust

Book Trust’s mission is to help elementary school children with little/no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners. With Book Trust, students learn the power of choice and the pride of ownership, and students’ reading levels and academic performance improve, motivating them to succeed.

Book Trust believes that Choice, Consistency and Celebration, along with access to books, create a world in which literacy removes barriers and provides all children with tools to navigate life successfully.

In the 2017-2018 school year, Book Trust provided almost 1 million books to 55,000 students who chose, read, and loved them.

Each month of the school year, Book Trust teachers engage their students in choosing books that connect to their interests. Anticipation builds as teachers place their students’ orders on Scholastic’s website and kids start asking, “Are the books here?” and “How many more days?” Upon the arrival of the coveted book box in classrooms, teachers celebrate the books with students and create excitement about being book owners. Students hug their books, and sometimes even smell them, before sharing their new prized possession with their peers. Prior to the books going home, students proudly write their names in their books (in marker!) and begin reading their books. Reading, or at least beginning the book, in the classroom allows students to lean on their teacher for any support and gain confidence in the new worlds they’re discovering between the pages. Books are then placed in backpacks and sent home for students to read with their families. 

In terms of impact, Book Trust continually strives to improve both the components of the program and the consistent way they are implemented and measured. Their goals are an increased motivation to read, improved reading scores, and building lifelong readers and learners. They measure fidelity by evaluating book choice data, pre- and post-year surveys, and reading level gains.

Their Impact

2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR:

  • 57,557 students served
  • Books chosen & owned: 765,164
  • 21 states

2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR:

  • 55,000 students served
  • 175 schools
  • 21 states
  • almost 1 million books
  • 19% vs. 4% gain in on-grade level reading (in Book Trust students vs. non-Book Trust students)

Books at Home

As students remain out of school, Book Trust home libraries remain a critical resource for student learning and literacy. This video captures how home libraries continue to provide access to reading… and for imaginations to soar.