By working with the community to collect and distribute collections of children's books to children and families in need, The Children's Book Bank intends to make the following impacts:
Preschool children are actively raised with books. By this we mean that children read more often and for longer lengths of time, either alone or with parents*; children have improved attitudes around reading; children develop essential pre-reading and reading skills; parents and children develop positive relationships with one another through books; and children use books to experience respite from daily stressors.
The bond between children and parents* is enhanced through books. By this we mean that books and reading together are tools for parents* to build healthy connections with their children so that children develop the social and emotional skills critical to success in school and life.
Our partners' family literacy education programs are stronger. By this we mean that having books readily available in the home ensures that parents* have the tools to implement the knowledge and skills taught by our partners; knowing parents* have books at home enables our partners to more effectively plan and implement child and parent literacy goals.
School-aged children make books and reading part of their lives beyond the school day. By this we mean that children read more often and for longer lengths of time, either alone or with others; children see reading as rewarding rather than work; children at least maintain, rather than lose, reading skills when school is not in session; children use books to experience respite from daily stressors; children often choose reading when they have free time; and children continue to develop their identities as readers.
The community demonstrates widespread awareness and support of children's literacy. By this we mean that Portland is a place where all children are surrounded by books because the broad community is aware of the literacy problem and engaged in the solution through book drives, volunteer events, financial support, and other activities to promote and support early literacy.
*By "parents" we mean adults who spend significant time with a child, including relatives, caregivers, etc.