Spring Into Reading

By Rachel Stine, Education Partnerships Manager When I first sat down with Rebekah Haithcock, Media Coordinator at Burton Magnet Elementary School , and told her about the Magic of Storytelling grant that Disney and ABC-11 were providing so that all 368 students at Burton could select two books to read over spring break and keep, she told me that this… Read more »


By Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager If you follow our blog, you’ll know we usually post on Thursdays. Well, this week, I just couldn’t wait. Because today was one of the most fun Monday mornings we’ve ever had at Book Harvest. The story actually started last May… …when I received this most delightful letter from… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: New initiative gives books to children

Book Harvest helps families in public housing build home libraries On the afternoon of March 2, a book Harvest team member walked into the Oxford Manor afterschool program wearing the Cat in the Hat’s signature red and white hat. “It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday!” “You’re the cat in the Hat!” “Can we help you carry your… Read more »

The Book Problem—And One Community’s Solution

By Amy Lau, second grade teacher at Duke School and Book Harvest volunteer Editor’s note: This article was originally published in School Library Journal . Not long ago, I was listening to a podcast on optimism. One of the researchers stated that teachers were some of the most optimistic people around. Since learning this, I’ve reflected on my own optimism,… Read more »

What Can You Do to Make the World a Better Place? (Ask a second grader and her kindergarten friends!)

By Millie Hanks, second grader and world changer Hi! I’m Millie, and I am in the second grade. I did a lesson about making the world a better place with the Kindergartners at Durham Academy (DA). It all started when my class and I read a book “The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation… Read more »

#ReadAcrossAmerica Day!

How did you celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday? Oh, the places we went at Book Harvest… We spent most of our day with one of our newest Community Book Bank partners: the Durham County Department of Social Services . Children and families selected a whopping 1,257 books throughout the day, including lots of Dr. Seuss titles! We now have six bookshelves set… Read more »