To mark the beginning of the new school year, we’ve teamed up with Sun-Maid and ABCmouse to expand access to literacy resources. Through the partnership, Sun-Maid will sponsor the creation and installation of 100 Little Free Library book-sharing boxes throughout the U.S.
“Sun-Maid has long been known as parents’ partner in better-for-you snacking, making sure kids have access to the snacks they need to succeed in the classroom as well as in imagination and play,” said Steve Loftus, Sun-Maid President and Chief Operating Officer. “With less time in the classroom and reduced access to libraries for many, the last number of years have been challenging for many families. ABCmouse and Little Free Library are two of the finest education and literacy resources available, and we’re proud to team up to inspire a love of reading and help feed hungry minds this back-to-school season.”
Reading lovers around the country can get involved by voting to have a Little Free Library installed in their area via an online voting portal on the Sun-Maid website. With a global network and a mission of “Take a Book. Share a Book,” the Sun-Maid sponsored Little Free Library book-sharing boxes will feature ABCmouse books and expand book access to thousands.
“Practicing sight words helps build more confident and fluent readers, and in teaming up with Sun-Maid we’re taking the idea of wholesome snacking and learning and making it accessible to millions of families in bite-sized moments,” said Christine Woertink, Senior Vice President of Consumer Product, Age of Learning, creator of ABCmouse.
These 100 Little Free Libraries filled with ABCmouse books will bring access to books to some of the biggest literacy deserts in the country. An estimated 57,200 books will be shared through the Sun-Maid Little Free Libraries in the first year alone and roughly 52,000 are expected to visit the Sun-Maid Little Free Libraries each year.
These libraries will be placed through our Impact Library Program. Learn more about the program and how you can support the installation of Little Free Libraries in book deserts.