There's something I wanted to address on this mid-week post: reading.

Before you roll your eyes and moan, "What else would a writer blog about?", it's not THAT kind of reading.

I'd like to introduce you and your children to a source of online reading which is not only fun and accessible even on the go - but also helps children in need.

Interested now?

Shake hands with We Give Books. This program is designed so efficiently, so painless, you never even know your reading of the selected book automatically donates a copy of that same book you're reading to another child. But you are.

The entire program, set up by Penguin Group and Pearson Foundation; they work hand in hand with some of the globes most recognized literacy programs, such as: Books for Asia, Hope for Haiti, Moving Windmills Project, Reading For My School as well as the famous mobile book van we've come to know as ReadMobile.

Maybe your own children have come home and told you all about their experience of being able to step up inside this awesome rolling library as they proudly held up the free book they were able to choose all by themselves and take home. For free. All because people like you and me read that very book online and donated a copy of it without even realizing the impact it would have later down the line.

How does this whole thing work? Let me share the following sample blog post right off the We Give Books website (so I don't incorrectly misrepresent the program).

We Give Books is a free online library of children’s books that enables your kids to help other children around the world while they’re reading. The best part is, your reading will directly impact the great work of non-profit organizations around the world! Their tagline says it all, “combining the joy of reading with the power of giving.” It’s the perfect tool for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who loves children’s books!

When you go to www.wegivebooks.org, you’ll be able to read a special selection of books without a We Give Books account, but you have to sign up to access their full library. It’s definitely worth it, though. It’s just a quick form, and once you’re signed up, you’ll have access to over 150 quality children’s books! There are a lot of familiar classic titles, and even more new ones for us to discover. You can sort the books by age level, genre, author, and seasonal selections in the “Featured” section, so everyone can find something they like.

On the Causes page you can learn more about where your donated books are going. This fall, We Give Books is focusing on early childhood literacy across the United States and supporting great causes like Jumpstart for young children. In the winter, you’ll be able to read to support global literacy and give books to non-profits like Room to Read. They also give you the option to donate to help your book donations reach even more children.

We Give Books is a program of the Pearson Foundation and Penguin Group. Penguin works with its authors to provide an outstanding selection of online books while the Pearson Foundation donates print books to charity partners. We Give Books is a great way to get your children excited about reading and to teach them about the importance of helping others.

Now that you know all about We Give Books, grab one of your kids, a niece or a nephew or that cutie down the block you babysit sometimes ... log in to your new WGB account today and come on back here on my blog (or on Good Reads) to let me know how many books you read!

Robyn