Valley businesses helping #GrowAReader with virtual book drive during May
Help children in need foster a love of reading.
Local businesses are calling on early literacy supporters to help them #GrowAReader this May by participating in Southwest Human Development’s Grow A Reader virtual book drive.
“Unfortunately, lots of kids arrive in kindergarten unprepared and without the early literacy skills they need to be successful,” said Jake Adams, chief development officer at Southwest Human Development. “They tend to be the same kids that start behind and stay behind. We’re trying to change that.”
Taking a Grow A Reader flower from participating Valley businesses is the first step in helping Southwest Human Development grow young readers across Arizona. Supporters can “pick a flower” and buy a book from the online shopping cart to help get books into the hands of children who need them most.
According to a Scholastic Access to Books report, the average child has 13 books in their home library, but children in low-income neighborhoods have just one book for every 300 kids.
Children without access to early literacy materials often face challenges as they enter school and prepare for their education. For families who struggle to make ends meet, purchasing new books simply does not compete with priorities like providing food, clothing and shelter. Reading books from widely-cherished childhood authors like Dr. Seuss is not a childhood right, but a privilege.
Visit our online shopping cart today to donate a book to a child in need!
Grow A Reader virtual book drive donations are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar Arizona Charitable Tax Credit. Flowerpots can be displayed at businesses, schools, organizations, or even at home. To request a Grow A Reader flowerpot, contact Lisa Stratton at (602) 224-1759 or LStratton@swhd.org.
Stop by one of our favorite local businesses to pick a flower, buy a book, and Grow A Reader!
Arizona Central Credit Union
2020 N. Central Ave. Ste. 300, Phoenix
Bicycle Nomad Café
828 N. 2nd St., Phoenix
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
709 W. Ray Rd., Gilbert
3450 N. 7th St., Phoenix
Cartel Coffee Lab
1 N. 1st St., Phoenix
Even Stevens Sandwich Shop
384 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert
1015 S. Rural Rd., Tempe
21 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix
10217 N. Metro Pkwy W., Phoenix
Jobot Coffee & Diner
333 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
4515 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix
Nektar Juice Bar
21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Ste., Phoenix
2045 E. Camelback Rd. Ste. A16, Phoenix
4340 Indian School Rd., Ste. 19, Phoenix
15425 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 180, Scottsdale
20553 N. Hayden Rd., Ste. #105, Scottsdale
6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 105, Scottsdale
9301 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
9500 E. Via De Ventura., Ste. D-210, Scottsdale
One Coffee Co
1 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen
7325 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd #101, Scottsdale
136 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Songbird Coffee & Tea House
812 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
227 S. Smith Rd., Tempe
11108 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. #118, Scottsdale
1614 E. Bell Rd. #104, Phoenix
4848 E .Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
5509 N. 7th St., Phoenix
625 N. 7th St., Phoenix
Urban Beans Café
3508 N. 7th St., #100, Phoenix