Bess is so much more that the gift that she obviously is. The opportunity to read allows not only one to temporarily travel to another time and place, but the opportunity for growth. Books are not cheap and many people can't afford them. Many times Bess gives children the first book they have ever owned. This resource is not only s physical gift but an emotional one as well. We couldn't thank Jennifer and Bess enough for blessing out school and community!!
A book opens the door to a new world. It allows us to reimagine our circumstances, to test our personality and our ideas. It makes us who we are, a self that continually develops and gains definition through reading.
One thing that soon becomes clear in Reading is that a humanist love of letters has, for most of our history, been the exception rather than the rule.
The reader would be able to roam about everywhere,thinking for himself and forming his own judgements.We should have a sense that reading and writing threatened extant authority by granting people excessive freedom, cultivating a consciousness of alternative, future possibilities, Bess the Book Bus has a belief in the power of reading, its ability to allow us to reimagine our circumstances, to test our personality and our ideas.What’s very interesting is that the early critics of reading picked up on the fact that reading provides people with a gateway to a different moral world, where alternatives can be countenanced. And therefore reading always poses a threat to the prevailing order.A child that can own a book something to call their own.and learns to read.Has endless opportunities.When you can read you can take so many journeys.Vacations you cannot afford, you can travel where you heart want to take you.Bess The book Bus does that for children and adults.In these time no one should be illiterate,But sadly many are.Bess The Book Bus search the people out and helps them own a part of themselves.Yes ,we have libraries,you may check a book out.But many cannot even afford the I.D. needed for such.a simple thing.I co-wrote a book called Bess The Book Bus with the intent for anyone to understand how valuable the program is for our youth as well as our older adults.I think we all need this to continue.
I connected with Bess the Book Bus for the first time through First Book, many years ago. Her charity was still in its infancy but Jenn's commitment to bringing the love of literacy was very apparent. It amazed me how she moved mountains and braved thousands of miles in order to bring books to my school in Oregon. She's been to many more of my schools as I've moved around (I'm an elementary Literacy Coach). I host her at my home and it's always such a pleasure!
Bess the Book Bus and Jennifer Frances have visited all the schools that I've worked at in the past 8 years. She has given away close to probably 1,000 books in 3 schools in which I have taught. She does more (almost single-handedly) than some larger organizations. She is extremely accommodating and flexible when it comes to scheduling. My schools have been so appreciative to have her support and generosity. We love Bess & Jenn!
Volunteering for Bess the Book Bus was wonderful! In 11 days I helped hundreds of kids pick books, and every one of them left the bus excited to read!
Having Jenn and Bess the Bookbus visit our library at the end of summer is just terrific! We use her visit to wrap up our summer reading program. Having the kids being able to pick a book off the bus makes that day special for all our readers and readers from our surrounding communities! This year having the drumming program added more excitement to the visit. We are SO hoping this visit becomes an annual event for us. We are lucky to have had Cynthia Lord, a wonderful Maine author, make the connection for us with Jenn and her bus last year!
I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer many times for Bess the Book Bus. Watching what Jennifer does first hand is a magical, inspiring and heart warming experience. I must admit that I've had to hide my tears on that bus a few times when i watch child after child light up when they realize that this brand new book that they have chosen is there's to keep! Jenn is a brilliant story teller, an amazing woman and has created such a wonderful non-profit company. Bess is the little bus that could. I can't imagine a child not owning a book. Jennifer not only makes that happen but through her fantastic story telling, she encourages a natural love for reading. Go Bess!