Sharing the Love of Reading from Cover to Cover

By Elena Epstein

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L.A. Parent’s offices were filled with donations for local school libraries.

Children’s books have a magical quality. The great ones make you fall in love – with the characters, the story, the setting. Our childhood favorites made our world larger and our connections deeper. They reminded us that we weren’t alone and that endless possibilities were waiting for us.

At L.A. Parent, we want every child to experience the magic that lives inside the pages of a special book. That’s why we launched Cover to Cover: Books for Schools, a community program to bring books to local school libraries. This year we donated 2,000 books to local elementary and middle schools and public libraries.

We collected donations in our office in Woodland Hills and by Christmas, our conference room and several offices were lined with books. We brought in our kids and friends to help sort and box the books, then dropped them off at various schools and libraries. What an amazing experience for our team to be able to share the joy of opening a book, turning the pages and discovering a new adventure.

We have done it without the generosity of publishers around the country and the support of local students and parents. We partnered with LAUSD’s Local District Northwest (https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/8528), as well as schools in south Los Angeles that are part of the teaching program at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education to distribute the books collected. Along the way, we were inspired by the teachers and administrators we connected with. We learned about so many wonderful programs right here in our own community.

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Students from Westridge School in Pasadena pitched in with more than 600 books.

Our special thanks to Enchanted Lion Books for donating 1,000 books, including the following titles:

  • “Americanine” by Yann Kebbi
  • “Something Big” by Sylvie Neeman, illustrated by Ingrid Godon
  • “The Beast In My Belly” by Grzegorz Kasdepke, illustrated by Tomek Kozłowski
  • “The Jacket” by Kirsten Hall, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova
  • “Mister Horizontal & Miss Vertical” by Noémi Révah, illustrated by Olimpia Zagnoli
  • “Pomelo’s Big Adventure” by Ramona Badescu, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud
  • “Waterloo And Trafalgar” by Joy Sorman, illustrated by Olivier Tallec
  • “The Bathing Costume” by Charlotte Moundlic, illustrated by Olivier Tallec
  • “Why Dogs Have Wet Noses” by Kenneth Steven, illustrated by Øyvind Torseter
  • “Coyote Run” by Gaëtan Dorémus
  • “Little Boy Brown” by Isobel Harris, illustrated by André François
  • “Coppernickel Goes Mondrian” by Wouter van Reek
  • “The World In A Second” by Isabel Minhós Martins, illustrated by Bernardo Carvalho, translated by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
  • “Ghosts” by Sonia Goldie, illustrated by Marc Boutavant
  • “Ice” by Arthur Geisert

We also want to thank the students of Westridge School in Pasadena for donating 669 books, and DK Books for donating copies of “The Natural Wonders of the World,” filled with facts and stunning photos of Earth’s most beautiful and fascinating natural landmarks.

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