What a delightful idea from Penguin children’s books. Read a book online with a kid, and Penguin will donate an actual physical book to a reading-happy charity. You get to pick the charity.

Josie and I did this with Kiva — I think kids LOVE to ponder who and how to help. Penguin will be donating 2000 books to Room to Read, which builds libraries in Africa; 5000 books to World Vision for victims of the Haitian earthquake; 5000 books to school libraries in the USA through the NEA Foundation; 10,000 books to school libraries and non-profit research centers in Asia through the Asia Foundation; 5000 books to elementary and middle school students taking part in the LA County Office of Education’s Million Word Challenge; 4000 books to families participating in Volunteer USA’s Family Literacy Academies. I predict Josie will choose the last one. I’m dying to know what the book choices are, but you can’t see them until you’ve picked a charity, and I want to let Jo and Max do that. Grrr, suspense.

Go to We Give Books to participate. Thanks to GalleyCat for the tip.

One Comment

  1. Joanne April 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I just read Spot Loves Mommy to Barney (he’s a four-year-old Maine Coon Cat). He bit my arm.

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