The mission of Books Are Wings is to put free books in the hands of children. We believe every child should experience the joy of reading. We envision every child in Rhode Island with access to quality reading experiences and books. Research suggests that growing up in a home with at least 20 books is associated with 3 additional years of schooling for children. We will put 77,000 books into children's hands during the 2018-2019 school year through school and early learning book parties, community distribution events and summer programs. Books Are Wings seeks to provide every child with regular access to books.
From Our Partners:
“The kids in East Providence frequently mention our Books Are Wings parties to me throughout the year. They ask when the next one is and talk about how much fun they had at the last one. They really like receiving the books, and it is another way of reinforcing the importance of reading in their lives.”
- East Providence Librarian
“A lot of my students don’t have books at home and Books Are Wings programs help them to build a library and expose them to characters and concepts that we learn about at school. Having access to new books helps my students to continue learning outside of school. Last week, we were learning about whales and then with this program, my students got books about whales. I also love having books in Spanish available so that they go home and read books with their parents who only speak Spanish. It’s a selfless organization that works to get books and put them in the hands of kids who wouldn’t normally get them.”
- Baldwin Elementary Teacher
Books Are Wings believes in the power of literacy to transform the lives of children, their families and communities for the better. We also believe that educational inequality is one of the root causes of injustice. Books Are Wings rejects racism, prejudice and the racially biased systems which have led to the deaths of so many in the Black community and to the educational inequality that we seek to address in our work each day.
As an organization, Books Are Wings has spent the last 20 years working to address gaps in the education system created by institutionalized racism by increasing exposure and access to diverse, high quality children’s literature relevant to all groups in our community. Our partners are the school districts and organizations around Rhode Island that serve the Black community. Our mission is to ensure that children who might not otherwise have access to books can build their personal libraries, and participate in high quality literacy programs both during and after school.
Books Are Wings will continue to work to ensure that the Black community in Rhode Island has access to books by Black authors, and with characters that reflect Black youth and their lived experience.
The following resources and books are for the education community and for those wishing to have conversations with their children about race and racism:
Sincerely, Books Are Wings