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Literacy / Illiteracy 

Why is reading so important in this day and age? With television to give us our news, DVD’s and the internet to keep us entertained, who needs to read?
The answer ….is everyone.

A book can awaken a child’s mind and change the course of their future. Teaching children to develop a love of reading and a passion for life-long learning can change the world.

The benefits of reading extend throughout the course of life; from enhancing skills that can help improve an employment situation, to maintaining mental sharpness in the twilight of life and even saving lives. The value of of reading has no measure.

Books saved our Founder’s life. When Glenn Toby was eight years old, he, his mother and older brother were evicted from their Brooklyn, New York apartment and made to live on the streets, on subways or find warmth on hotel hallway floors. Reading allowed him to travel to foreign and distant places; reading allowed him to travel beyond his reality.

Topics we recommend to discuss in our community

  • Importance of literacy and education
  • Examples of what lack of education can lead to
  • Career choices
  • Promotion of continued education
  • Speak to at risk children who needed tutoring but are ashamed to admit it

For all of these reasons, we generously offer age appropriate reading lists as an avenue to develop and continue the life long habit of reading. Our lists have been hand picked to offer the most benefit for each of the age groups. Our lists have been carefully examined and approved by our Director of Education; Linda Allen.

Our Reading Lists 

Strong reading and writing skills are viewed as cornerstones of successful student performance in all subject areas. The readers and writers workshops The Book Bank Foundation offer play a central role in moving both Adults & Children toward high standards of performance. The workshops are designed to provide all students with a rich immersion into the numerous skills and habits necessary to become fluent readers and writers. The structures of the literacy workshops are intended to facilitate external standards for performance and to help provide students with repeated opportunities to develop the skills necessary to produce work that meets the standards. To effectively teach using standard workshop structures, The Book Bank requires all of our teachers to adopt a series of specified classroom structures and pedagogical strategies.

Our analyses focus on two areas: teachers’ fidelity to the structures of the literacy workshops and their depth of understanding of the instructional philosophy and techniques upon which the workshops are based.


  • – children
  • – adults
  • – scholarships
  • – writing programs
  • – learning disbiliteies
  • – technology – Kai Dupe

These workshops are designed to approximate real-life reading and writing experiences and to reflect our mission that all students will become lifelong readers and writers. Lessons and reading experiences are grounded in authenticity; teachers draw upon their own literacy lives to inform their instruction. The literacy workshop is broken down into specific components that are implemented across grade levels. The workshop model ensures that our students receive targeted strategy instruction and are given significant amounts of time to practice these strategies in their independent reading and writing.

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