Because Tweens and Teens Love to Read, Too!

Last Friday, 45 middle and high school educators and nonprofit partners came to our office to select books for their students–8,870 books, to be exact! Many of those educators were lined up in the dark before we even opened our door at 7 a.m., and over 3,500 of those books were gone in the first… Read more »

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

Round Up Your Books!

Meet Gina Sprenger and Laura Ryan, this year’s book drive captains for the Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day . We are just over a month away from the big event, and they are thrilled to report that 28 groups have already signed up to collect books for the big day! “During the Dream Big Book Drive, I love seeing the… Read more »

ICYMI: Two Minutes of the Happiest Readers You’ll Ever See!

This week, on #GivingTuesday, nearly 5,000 people on Facebook alone watched these eager readers help us kick off our End-of-Year Appeal. Did you miss it? (Or do you maybe just want to watch it again? We know we can’t stop!)   We couldn’t be more grateful to our friends Michael and Cindy Salerno of Artauro Productions for… Read more »

Giving Thanks and Getting Ready!

by Ginger Young   Happy Thanksgiving! This week I feasted on turkey, pie, and lots and lots of books. I could not be more grateful for the wonderful stories that enrich me or for the community of literacy allies who surround me and lift me up all year long. I am also deeply thankful this… 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

What a week!

by Ginger Young The Book Harvest family is catching its breath; this was not our typical week!  Some of the highlights: We shared the findings of the first-ever evaluation of our Book Babies program, conducted by researchers at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy. The news was excellent! Read all about it here …. Read more »

Presenting…and Still Counting!

UPDATE: 40 STARS! That’s how many businesses and organizations have said they want to be part of our big dreams for the Dream Big Book Drive on MLK Day 2018. That’s how many stars are hanging on our sponsor wall in our office and in the front window of our office. With our first sponsorship… Read more »

Behind the Scenes

Recipe for a really fun Saturday: Invite a bunch of children who love to read (and parents who love to read to their kids) to Book Harvest. Make sure you have plenty of beloved children’s books (that’s not a problem in our office!). Add lights and a camera…and what do you get? Well, you’ll have… Read more »