Recurring Book Donation Projects Throughout School Year:
Kishwaukee Elementary Kindergarteners A book a month for each child in the two kindergartens from September through May 44 copies of each book/month Book for September: A Mighty Bitey Creature
Book for October: The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything
Book for November I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie
Book for December We Don't Eat Our Classmates
Book for January Snowman at Night
Book for March La Princesa and the Pea
Book for April Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants
Parker Center Early Education Center One School One Book 31 copies of 3 books each month from November through May for Pre-k and kindergarteners
Books for November
Books for December
Books for January
Books for February
Books for March
Books for April
Books for May
Rockford East High School 100 Days of Reading: Donated throughout the year to students and staff to encourage student reading and increase reading scores Some examples: 30 copies of: The Black Pearl,Scholastic Children's Dictionary,I Will Always Write Back Piecing Me Together, I Am Malala, Dear Martin As of May 19th 690 books have been donated
Five Schools that Participated in One School One Book What is One School One Book (OSOB)? One School One Book is a movement designed to get an entire school community - including parents - involved in the joy of reading. Each family gets a copy of the selected book. Following a shared schedule, the families read at home together. In the classroom, there are daily events and projects that reinforce the reading and get everyone at school excited about the book. From trivia quizzes, to art, music and drama events, everyone shares the reading experience. The entire staff - from lunch ladies to the principal - are involved. Events such as family nights promote the OSOB event and encourage reading on all levels. Betty Birney(author)
Olson Park Elementary 340 copies of The Summer According to Humphrey
Machesney Elementary 480 copies of Masterpiece
Whitman Post Elementary combined 503 copies of three books: Flora & Ulysses, Because of Winn Dixie & Where are you going, Baby Lincoln?
Lathrop Elementary 420 copies of Say Something"
Marquette Elementary 375 copies of Mercy Watson to the Rescue
Other Book Donation Projects:
Poplar Grove Elementary School Kindergarten Reading Night Each child in 3 kindergarten classes received a book of his/her own choice on Reading Night. 22 books donated
Poplar Grove Elementary Whole School Donation & Books for Summer Reading 296 books donated
Forest Lane Academy Introducing graphic novels to 4th graders to encourage non-readers to read 5 copies of each book was donated
Forest Lane Academy Through the first set of books to encourage and on to the next: 110 copies of Fear the Barfitron and 22 copies of the I Survived Series!
Durand Elementary 33 copies of various titles to enhance teachers' classroom libraries
Rockford East High School Social Justice Discussion of book, I am Alfonso Jones Andy’s Books donated 40 copies of the book, I am Alfonso Jones, to an English teacher at East High School for students in two of her classes to read and discuss. The book, a graphic novel, describes an African American teenager, Alfonso, who is shot and killed by a white off-duty police officer while he is looking for his first suit to wear. The officer assumes the suit hanger is a gun. The remainder of the book travels between Alfonso’s past and the outrage and grief following his death and Alfonso’s travels in his afterlife on a ghost train with other victims of police shootings, exposing the systemic racism behind these shootings. Two guest speakers, a professor from Northern Illinois University and her husband, discussed social justice with the students in the two classes that had read the book. They spoke about racism and how it is manifested in the justice system, how it affects the treatment of African Americans by the police and if there is a way to create a more fair and just system that does not target African Americans in greater proportion than white Americans.
Conklin Elementary Conklin Elementary became an ESL school beginning in the fall of 2018. However, in this transition, the school was not provided an adequate number of books in Spanish. So Andy’s Books provided 489 books with Spanish titles for students in the younger grades to help build their library, providing a greater number and more variety of books in Spanish for the students to read.
Washington Elementary 60 copies of the book, Blood on the River, were donated to a 5th grade class for their integrated literacy program. "Samuel’s account of the voyage to Virginia, political intrigues among the settlers, and the harrowing first winter of the James Town settlement brings to life figures like Smith, Powhatan, and Pocahontas. Details about food and daily life add realism to the story, and quotes from historical sources begin each chapter." -School Library Journal, starred review
Jackson Charter School Andy's Books donated 963 books to Jackson Charter. Angie Smeltzer, a mentor teacher at the school, explained the school's need for the new books. "We are a relatively new school with a diverse population, but we have really been trying to focus on literacy this year. Although we don't have a formal library, we have a new area this year where the students are able to borrow books and browse through our "library". We have embarked on "while you're waiting you're reading " as a way to spend each precious minute reading rather than having idle time in the hallways and classrooms. We have incentives for each class to "Get Minutes to Win It", which is a a chance to record the number of minutes we spend each day reading to or with students in an effort to win a class party. We also participate in Book IT and Read to Succeed where students use reading logs at home for prizes like pizza and Six Flags tickets. Finally, we host literacy-based family event nights at our school where we focus on families and reading together."
Cops 'N Kids Andy's Books, in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Rockford Police Department provided 754 new books to the children in the Head Start and Early Childhood programs at Dennis Early Childhood Center through the Cops ’n Kids Program. A total of 377 students were invited to select two new books each to take home with them. Police officers interacted with the children while choosing a book and then signed the child’s name and their own name on a special book plate. Children from a Spanish speaking home selected one book in Spanish and one in English.
Grants from Andy's Books
Golden Apple Classroom Projects Grant Andy's Books donated $5000 to the Greater Rockford Golden Apple Foundation to support its Classroom Projects grants to teachers. The Golden Apple Classroom Projects program affords teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties the opportunity to develop and implement creative educational projects that enhance the learning experience of their students. It provides teachers a resource for expanding and enhancing the curriculum for the benefit of students in Early Childhood/Kindergarten through 12th grade.