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Book Campaign

Since 2017, the Scripps Howard Foundation distributes new books to children in need across the nation on National Reading Day as part of its annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” literacy campaign.

Scripps’ Local and National Media brands partner with low-income schools and local nonprofit groups that work directly with children and families to present the books through the “Big Book Giveaway.”

In the program’s first three years, Scripps Howard Foundation and employees of The E.W. Scripps Company donated more than 180,000 new books to children facing poverty in their communities. Each Scripps market selects low-income schools and nonprofits in their communities to distribute the books to ensure they go to children who need them most.

Since the program’s inception, the Foundation has granted five organizations across the country $10,000 annually on National Reading Day, totaling $150,000. Recipients are selected through a competitive application process.

The 2019 “If You Give a Child a Book” campaign will run Aug. 12 – 30.

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“If you give a child a book …”

The Scripps Howard Foundation distributes new books to children in need across the nation on National Reading Day as part of its annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” literacy campaign.