'If You Give a Child a Book' campaign gives the gift of literacy

Posted at 8:48 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 09:39:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s hard to believe but thousands of kids in Nashville probably haven’t picked up a book since schools were closed in March.

So many kids don’t have access to books at home. That’s why for the last several years, the folks here at NewsChannel 5 have been trying to change that with the "If You Give a Child a Book" campaign.

NewsChannel 5 has partnered with the Scripps Howard Foundation puts books into the hands of children in need across the Nashville community. We believe that literacy is a powerful antidote to poverty and a critical step in creating a better-informed world.

Back in March, we surprised the students at Lake View Elementary in Antioch by letting every student in the school pick out two books from the book fair for free.

For many of them, it was the first time they’d ever been able to buy a book of their own. It was an incredibly special day for them and for the NewsChannel 5 team.

This year, we want to do it again and we need your help. Thanks to our friends at Scholastic Books and the Scripps Howard Foundation, we are able to buy these books at a discount.

We'll be taking the next free book fair to Alex Green Elementary in North Nashville. Anyone who would like to help do so by clicking here.

Donations are tax-deductible and will stay right here to help kids in Nashville.