Children throughout the East Bay can now enjoy a collection of award-winning children’s books that Abode Services was honored to receive through the Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant.
The grant, offered through the American Library Association, gives organizations serving children a chance to add up to 100 books to their library collections. The books are submissions made to the annual Coretta Scott King Book Award competition. The award honors African-American authors and illustrators whose books, written for children and young adults, demonstrate an appreciation of African-American culture and universal human values.
Abode Services received more than 100 books targeting children from pre-school to 12th grade. The selection includes such books as Kadir Nelson’s Nelson Mandela, an illustrated book for pre-school to fourth grade students, Panic by Sharon Draper for high school students, and award honoree Darius & Twig written by Walter Dean Myers for middle and high school students.
Abode Services is rotating the book collection through its supportive housing communities and Sunrise Village Emergency Shelter to offer as many participants as possible an opportunity to read the books.
The American Library Association donated every award-winning book, and many of the books submitted for award consideration, as a grant to only three organizations nationwide. Those organizations must demonstrate, among other factors, the ability to have a significant impact on children’s lives. A selection panel reviews a wide range of applications from organizations including preschools, shelters for families experiencing homelessness, faith-based reading projects and underfunded libraries.
“Abode Services helps children regain the chance to enjoy childhood and to build the sense of self-worth and self-esteem that can be all too easily destroyed by homelessness and poverty,” Abode Services Director of Social Services Sheryl Thomas said. “This generous donation of books from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards will support our goal of helping these children grow toward a better and more hopeful future in the face of tremendous adversity.”
Other 2014 grant awardees were Tubman, a multi-service agency that provides family crisis and support services in Minneapolis, and Hope House, a Washington D.C. nonprofit that serves children whose fathers are in prison.