Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Week of Gift Ideas: Giving a Little Something Extra

It's wonderful that in our privileged lives we can give meaningful and fun gifts to friends and family but, as we all know, this isn't a privilege extended to all. So here are a couple of ways to get something for you and yours while helping others get a little something as well.

Here’s how you can help:

Download Storia®, Scholastic’s teacher-recommended children’s ereading app, and help pass on the reading to kids in need. Upon downloading Storia, families will receive five free children’s ebooks to start a home digital library. For every additional ebook purchased on Storia now through Dec. 31, 2012, Scholastic will donate a children’s book to a child in need through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program (with a minimum of 50,000 books committed).

Visit a participating The UPS Store location across the U.S. now through Dec. 31, 2012 to purchase a donation card to benefit the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, a year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Every dollar donated helps provide new books from Scholastic for less fortunate children in local communities throughout the U.S. Customers can also donate online at The UPS Store Facebook page. As part of the longstanding collaboration with Scholastic Literacy Partners, The UPS Store location that raises the most money during the holidays will receive 500 books to share with families in their local community.

HMH is launching a social media–based holiday book donation campaign in partnership with the literacy organization First Book, based on the holiday classic The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. For every new fan who “likes” the Polar Express–themed HMH Kids Facebook page through December 25th a book will be donated to a child in need. HMH has committed to donate up to 25,000 new books, which First Book will donate to children around the country.

The HMH Kids Facebook page features a link to a “Polar Express Countdown to Christmas” online calendar, where families can find a holiday activity for each day, December 1–25, including shareable Polar Express e-cards; recipes for seasonal treats including Polar Chocolate Nougat Caramel Squares, reindeer craft instructions, online games and mazes, and much more. Families are encouraged to share holiday playlists and photographs of children reading The Polar Express on the Facebook page. The calendar plus a wealth of other Polar Express and Van Allsburg material can be found at

And I will remind you about the fabulous Out of Print Clothing who now have not only tee-shirts, journals and notecards but all new e-reader covers and phone cases.
In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees and accessories, we acknowledge that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all. We are working to change that. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.
Happy gift giving, friends!

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