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Make Way For Books

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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Libraries, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: The mission of MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. We provide a full continuum of early literacy education, programs, and resources to make sharing books an important and enjoyable part of families' lives. Our highest priority is to serve economically disadvantaged families with young children (birth through five) and early childhood professionals in under-served areas of Tucson and southern Arizona. Make Way for Books envisions a community in which all children enter kindergarten with the necessary early literacy skills to be successful in school and throughout life.

Results: Make Way for Books early literacy programs empower parents to be their child's first, best teacher, support early childhood educators, and ensure young children develop the skills they need to reach their full potential. Last year, Make Way for Books impacted more than 30,000 young children and families. Through our strengths-based programs, 99% of parents gain skills and confidence in supporting their young children's early literacy and language development. Last year, 99% of young children developed critical emergent literacy and language skills that ensure they start school ready to read and succeed.

Target demographics: young children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 30,000 children, families and educators in Pima County

Geographic areas served: Tucson and Southern Arizona

Programs: two generation family literacy programs for children and parents one-on-one coaching and professional development workshops for educators books for children's classrooms and homes community events Make Way for Books early literacy app Blue Book House Project and more!

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda201

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to describe the wonderful experiences that are provided by MWFB. We just celebrated our first year as make way for books students. I say we because not only has my son benefited and learned from this program, I too have learned a lot. In my experiences with MWFB we have attended the story time classes available at the location and also attended multiple Raising a Reader classes available at local elementary schools. My son and I enjoy these raising a reader classes because we are able to take home a bag of books each week with 5-6 books that are new and geared towards his age group. The hour long class is taught by 3-4 different teachers who truly have a good passion to teach young students and families how important reading is. My daughter who is 6 years old also benefits from the book bag when we are home because she is a bilingual student and our book bags are filled with Spanish and English books. Within 7 weeks we get to read about 35-40 new books without going to a library or spending money on purchasing them. The program also offers a complementary selection of healthy snacks that we also enjoy. A couple months ago we had the privilege of meeting the singer song writer Jose Luis Orozco at a private party at the Make Way for Books Location which has been another moment in our learning experience that we will never forget. We got to sing and dance and enjoy our evening together with the brilliant artist. Ive recommended the program to our friends and family and just by sharing photos on social media, I've been able to show my community how beneficial this program has been not only for my son but for our family as a whole. I could go on and on about our positive experiences with teachers and staff from make way for books. I couldn't thank the program enough for all of the enriching moments we've shared.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family has participated for about 6 months, and in this 6 months we have read over 50 new books and we were also gifted with five books to keep. We are so impressed with the level of attention and activies that make way for books provides us. Can't wait to keep participating.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family loves make way for books. The staff is very passionate about their work. It's wonderful to have Make Way for Books in Tucson. They offer many programs to our community that promote literacy and the love of reading. We need more organization like this one!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful resource, wonderful people! Can't say enought about how great mwfb is!

Mary398

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group of folks who are passionate about literacy. And they make reading come alive for children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every child deserves the chance to be transported by a book. Make Way for Books is dedicated to increasing the chance for the child-book connection to take place among children who may be less likely to have books in their lives. The earlier the better. If you have ever read a book to a child, you've witnessed curiosity, engagement, perhaps a barrage of questions, laughter, recognition, and learning on different levels. Make Way for Books provides these mind- and heart-opening experiences day after day through volunteer readers, stimulating literacy programs, and the actual books that are placed in the hands of children. I am grateful that such an organization exists in southern Arizona and am proud to contribute books and dollars to it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Can you imagine how hard life would be if you couldn't read? Make Way for Books gives books to young children who might otherwise miss out on the joy of reading, thereby increasing the chance that these kids will grow into self-sufficient, productive adults. I'm overjoyed to have this responsible, effective organization working to increase literacy in Tucson.

1 Marge P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Make Way for Books puts books in the hands of young children who might not normally have that opportunity. The importance of an early connection to books and literacy is paramount for a child and for our community. But best of all -- Make Way for Books makes literacy fun! Their programming is a perfect way for a family to move towards a path of lifelong learning. Bravo to this small but mighty forward thinking nonprofit that makes Tucson a stronger community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love physical books and I love sharing the books with the preschool children that I read to as a volunteer reader for Make Way For Books. I read to all ages, from one year up to five years. It is so much fun to walk into the classroom and hear the kids say "Miss Rose" and run to the reading circle! Even the littlest ones say hi and get into position. It is especially rewarding when the children ask for me to read another book. MWFB is a fantastic organization for the volunteers, the kids and their families! The kids loved taking home their own book!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The very young children run to me when I arrive, calling out, "Books, books." The preschool age children are asking to take books home to read with their families. The parents are asking to borrow books to read to their children. Having a lending library at preschools is making a difference in families reading together.

Michelle S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Make Way for Books started as a small grassroots organization and has grown into a highly effective, efficient and innovative non-profit organization. As a parent and early childhood educator, I value the services and programs MWFB has to offer. Their "Blue Book Houses" are placing books in the hands of children who may otherwise never get a chance to visit a local library, and/or get a book of their own. The professional development opportunities they offer to child care professionals provide research and evidence-based language and literacy strategies that are easily applicable to any early childhood setting. I deeply admire and respect the work they are doing in the community in which I live, and believe they are doing everything they can to improve the lives of young children and their families.

1 Gina55

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the Board of Directors for MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS, I am in awe of their commitment to serve the early literacy needs of children in this community. I began working with the organization over 8 year ago and continue to support their mission of helping children fall in love with books and reading. What I love most about MWFB is their ability to partners with other organizations around Southern Arizona to better spread the word of how easy it is to help all children become successful readers which will, ultimately, help them live successful lives!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I learned about Make Way For Books at a local chamber of commerce luncheon a few months back. I was so intrigued by the organization that as soon as I got back to my office I had to visit the website for more information. I soon learned more about the mission and the work that MWFB does for our local community. MWFB has such a positive positive impact in the lives of our youth that I had to inquire about getting involved. I am happy to say I was voted on the board in July and I am looking forward to contributing to the ongoing success.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Make Way for Books puts books into the hands of young children, who might not otherwise have access to them. Through its innovative programs in low income areas of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Make Way for Books gives children and their families the chance to fall in love with books and reading.
Not only are the staff caring and dedicated, they are smart about what works, and what doesn’t. For instance, they provide workshops to childcare providers, teaching them effective ways to share books. Many children spend hours in daycare, but most caregivers have little or no training in this area.
I have been a part of this organization since its founding, when we began providing libraries and volunteer readers to local preschools and daycare centers. Each program we added addressed another area of need, and staff are constantly evaluating and tweaking services.
Make Way for Books delivers on the promise of its name. I am proud to say I give my time and money to this wonderful organization, and I invite you join me.