Birmingham Reads 2016

Birmingham Reads 2016

Better Basics partners with the Junior League of Birmingham each year for the Birmingham Reads project that is designed to inspire all of Birmingham to pick up a book and read.

IMG_2700Birmingham Reads Day is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. Birmingham Reads is an event held each spring, when hundreds of volunteers visit students in pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade classes in Birmingham City Schools to read to the children. Each class is assigned a volunteer reader, and each student receives a book to take home to start, or add to, his or her home library. For more information or to sign up to read at your favorite Birmingham City elementary school, contact Kathleen Drake at

Check out this great public service announcement video by WVTM 13.


DSC00427Additionally, during the month of April, you can participate in the Birmingham Reads Book Drive. We will be collecting new and gently used children’s books that will be distributed to students through Better Basics’ programs. Many schools and businesses organize books drives during April to support theBirmingham Reads Book Drive Challenge. If your group, school, or company is interested in being a part of the Birmingham Reads Book Drive Challenge, please contact Sherri Blank at If you don’t know what type of books we need, click here to check out this list for suggestions on great book titles our children love to read! Books Needed in the Birmingham Reads Book Drive

Check out this great public service announcement about the book drive created by our friends at WVTM 13.

There is no better time to do your spring cleaning! Plan to drop off your books on Friday, April 22, at Brookwood Village during the all day book drive with WVTM 13.

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