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Collecting children’s books to promote literacy

Oct 22, 2014 |

Throughout the year, the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) and the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) collect new or used books for children and youth. The books are then distributed to inner-city schools and remote communities in British Columbia.

Some of the books already collected

Some of the books already collected

“Improving literacy, particularly related to health, is an important part of our public health and health promotion work,” said Dr. Jim Frankish, who administers the project. “In our most recent distribution, we donated more than 400 good quality children’s books to a small, rural First Nations community. The children loved the books.”

Since the project’s inception it has shared about 6,000 books. They are currently collecting – and sorting – books for the 2014-2015 drive.

“If you have any reasonable quality, unwanted books, for ages ranging from new readers to adolescents, they would be greatly appreciated,” said Frankish.

collection bin

Help fill the book collection bin

Collection Box
The collection box is located outside Room 425 (4th floor) in the SPPH Building, 2206 East Mall, UBC Campus.

Books sought
New or used books for children and youth.

Please contact Dr. Jim Frankish.

Collecting books for literacy

Collecting books for literacy. Photo: Stefan Mladenovic