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Upworthy: This woman is on a mission to get diverse books in the hands of every child. Here’s why.

Ginger Young was reading “Martin’s Big Words” — a picture-book biography of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. — to a fifth-grade class. When she finished, one of the students ran up to her excitedly. Read more

News & Observer: ‘They hug the books.’ Young readers build libraries with help from Durham donors.

Imagine a community in which every child owns books by the dozens, reads all summer long, and personally chooses every book in his or her home library. That’s the vision that drives Ginger Young and the Durham group she runs, Book Harvest… Read more

EdNC: Book Harvest’s Book Babies: Unleashing parent leadership at birth could lead to a lifetime of benefits

“Not all kids go to sleep at night with a bedtime story,” says Ginger Young, the founder and executive director of  Book Harvest  in Durham, when Larry Colbourne of the  Mebane Foundation  and I visited her earlier this year. “And yet literacy begins with language.” Young is imagining a new normal for newborns in Durham… 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 »

Durham Herald-Sun: Our children, our stories and a call to action

Can you read “The Runaway Bunny” without being touched by the portrayal of a mother’s sheltering love? Can you read “Harold and the Purple Crayon” without remembering what it was like to be a child who really wished she could draw her window around the moon when she was ready to drift off to sleep?… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: Texting is latest tool to help babies

Among the flurry of texts that arrived on her phone shortly after her son’s birth congratulating her on her new arrival, this one stood out for a new Durham mom recently. “Create a daily reading routine now and see the benefits later. Bedtime stories can be calming, and morning reading time is fun becuase baby… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: Book Harvest organizes Big Book Drive on MLK Day

“I was that child who always had my nose in  a book growing up,” recalled Ann Leininger, the chair of Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive. “My mom had to hide my Nancy Drew books so I would actually do my homework.” It is from her childhood love of books that Ann’s belief that “every… Read more »

Durham Herald-Sun: Mirrors and Windows Project celebrates diversity in children’s books

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange… When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part… Read more »

Independent Weekly: Daniel Wallace: The Hole Story

Chapel Hill author, illustrator, and scholar Daniel Wallace (Big Fish) makes a good match with Book Harvest. Read the article here:  Daniel Wallace; The Hole Story Dec 7, 2016

Durham Herald-Sun: New children’s book debuts at Book Harvest launch party

In 2015, acclaimed local author Daniel Wallace did something highly unusual and incredibly generous: He donated a manuscript of a children’s book he had written and illustrated to the local nonprofit organization Book Harvest. His wish? That the story be put to work in whatever way Book Harvest wished to further its dream that all… Read more »