The Book Love Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded its 25th classroom library this year.
Since 2013 the Book Love Foundation has given $100,000 in grants for books to classroom teachers.
Twelve libraries were awarded to middle and high school English Language Arts teachers from ten different states in 2015, and, for the first time, one library was awarded to a Canadian teacher.
The twelve libraries were granted to:
Amanda Abernathy, a middle school teacher from Cherry Street School in Bridgeton, New Jersey
Amy Dunmire & Emily Partyka, both teaching grades 8, 9, and 10 at Marion Harding High School school in Marion, Ohio. Both teachers were selected independently as finalists and will share one library.
Julie Fout & Sarah Mandish, teaching grades 9-12 at Hilliard Bradley High School in Hilliard, Ohio. Again, both teachers were selected independently as finalists, and will share one classroom library for their school.
Amy Korst, grades 9-12 from Willamina High School in Willamina, Oregon
Amy Marshall, grades 9-12 from St. Malachy’s Memorial High School in St. John, New Brunswick (our first Canadian!)
Claire Gibson, grades 9-11 from Adams City High School in Commerce City, Colorado
Colleen Kiley, grades 9-12, from Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol, Vermont.
Jodie Kahler, grade 8, from North Central Middle School in Kershaw, South Carolina.
Kimberly Parker, grades 10-12, from Boston Cambridge, Rindge & Latin School, in Cambridge, MA.
Laura Baisden, grade 9-12 from Logan Senior High School in Logan, West Virginia.
Lynn Hagen, grades 9-12 from Battle High School in Columbia, MO.
Schuyler Kidd, grades 7-8 from Quaker Valley Middle School in Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
“Each of these teachers will receive a 500 book library of titles selected by the teacher from a wide variety of books carefully chosen to engage adolescent readers,” said Penny Kittle, President and Founder of the Book Love Foundation. “The Foundation works with Booksource to select books which cover a wide range of genres that are of high interest to student readers,” said Kittle. “The books are then chosen by the grant winner and students from our curated list of titles.”
The mission of the Book Love Foundation is to help teachers engage all students in reading by providing libraries of highly engaging independent books to supplement their curriculum. “Research has repeatedly shown that students who actively read improve their vocabulary and are better prepared for the rigors of post-secondary education,” notes Kittle.
Penny Kittle has extensive experience in this field, having written seven books on the teaching of reading and writing with her publisher, Heinemann. Her book Write Beside Them won the James N. Britton award from the National Council of Teachers of English in 2009, and she spends about half of each year consulting domestically and internationally with schools looking to improve their reading and writing instruction. The other half of the year she teaches English at Kennett High School, in North Conway, NH. She was awarded the 2015 Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership of the National Council of Teachers of English.
“Each of our grant winners has demonstrated a commitment to developing a reading habit in even the most reluctant reader. Most of our grant winners teach in high poverty areas, and all of our grant winners have spent their own money to purchase books to build their libraries,” reported Kittle. “We want to support their hard work and their dedication to young readers.” The Book Love Foundation received 190 grant applications in 2015 from across the United States and Canada.