Just wanted to repost our Love & Fleece newsletter from today. Enjoy!

Children’s Book Week + Your Purchases Help Feed Over 900 Children

Children's Book Week, which kicked off on Monday, is the annual celebration promoting and celebrating the joy of reading to young people. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

A Great Nation Is A Reading Nation

Every year, commemorative events to celebrate Children’s Book Week are held nationwide wherever young readers and books connect. The weeklong celebration originated in the belief that books for children and literacy are life-changers.

And we couldn’t agree more! That’s why our titles strive to evoke imagination and inspiration for children of all ages. With lovable characters like Ellie Elephant, Penelope Panda, Jonesy the Chinese Dragon and Lamby Lambpants, these picture books aim to teach kids the importance of being kind, having courage, and always doing the right thing.

Of course, we do have a handful of original titles for older readers too. The themes in The Christmas Witchling, a winter adventure story for girls, deal with bullying and finding the strength to be proud of being different; to believe in yourself when others don’t. We also have Little Tiger and the Year of the Dragon, which is a myth-focused Harry Potter-esque series for mature young readers (4th grade and up). The themes in Little Tiger’s stories deal with adoption, extended families, being an outcast and finding hope and courage in the face of adversity.

Visit this page on our website to learn more about our children’s titles and get FREE Shipping on orders over $24.95.

The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919. Publishers Weekly visionary editor Frederic Melcher declared it best: “A great nation is a reading nation.”

And Well-Fed Children Are Happy Children

lunch donation

We recently had the honor of making a donation to our friends at The Lunch Project. For those that don’t follow us on Facebook, The Lunch Project is a non-profit organization that provides hot lunch to students at Lemanyata Primary School in Arusha, Tanzania, East Africa. The organization also aims to provide education about global philanthropy to schoolchildren here in the U.S.

According to The Lunch’s Project’s website, Tanzania is making strides toward achieving its goal of 100% primary school enrollment by 2015. However, while student enrollments may have increased, the Tanzanian government has been able to do little to increase or improve the educational infrastructure for the additional students. For young and poor children who are malnourished, the long walk to school is enough of a barrier that they simply do not go.

A hot lunch during the school day means children will have at least one nutritious meal and be better equipped to learn. The school has seen increased attendance rates as this program was implemented – not-to-mention that just a small donation feeds the entire school of over 900 children!

To think, your purchases have touched lives globally. While the children took the time to thank Love & Fleece in this enclosed picture, it’s really our customers whom they should be thanking!

With Love (and Fleece!),

Tina and Byron Patterson

The Christmas Witchling by D. Byron Patterson The Dragon King of Beijing (Little Tiger and the Year of the Dragon, #1) by D. Byron Patterson The Incredible Flying Jonesy A Lamby Lambpants Adventure by D. Byron Patterson
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Published on May 14, 2013 08:13 • 264 views • Tags: charity, children-s-book-week, children-s-books, early-reader, kids-book
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message 1: by Wendy (new)

Wendy Laharnar What a wonderful contribution you are making to children worldwide. Maybe Peace will come when these young readers grow up and have a different outlook on life from their non reading ancestors.

message 2: by Renee (new)

Renee What you are doing is so inspirational. I couldn't agree more with the importance of reading in building a good foundation for children. And tackling the issue of poverty and hunger is so important. Thank you so much for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop and sharing information about your organization.

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