What a near and dear to my heart organization!!! EVERYONE needs to read and best to get started young. Thank you for all that you do. You touched my son and we can't thank you enough for you generosity and kind loving spirit.
Before the children board Bess the Book Bus Jennifer reads them a book piquing their interest just a bit. Then as the children board Bess she asks if they have a special interest such as dogs,cats, or sports. However they respond Jennifer comes up with the perfect book. She might ask them if they have a favorite author again the ultimate book is passed to the child and the look of joy warms the heart. Jennifer is amazing and is doing what makes others happy, therefore making her happy how many people can actually say their job makes them that happy. Bless Jennifer and Bess the Book Bus.
Jennifer and Bess have brought joy to our students who don't live in houses full of books! Seeing our students enter a bus full of books and come out with a smile is amazing! This is an amazing way to encourage students from all walks to read! Now let's get her bus souped up, funded, filled with new books and ready for more meaningful journeys!
I have had the extreme pleasure of knowing Jenn and Bess the Book Bus for over 20 years. She has faithfully come to my school to place books into the hands of students who truly need them the most. My school serves many hard working families that struggle to supply the basic needs for a home. Unfortunately, books and home libraries become a luxury instead of a necessity in these households. Thanks to Bess the Book Bus, our students are able to experience the joy of choosing their very own book for free and the pleasure of taking it home to keep. You can not erase their smiles as they step off Bess the Book Bus holding their new book! Jenn always shares a book with our students in
a read aloud, and her passion for books is infectious! The kids just love to hear that she has scheduled a visit at our school! This mobile literacy program is a miracle in my eyes! Thanks to Jenn and Bess for their love and dedication to our students!
Bess the Bus has visited West Tampa Elementary numerous times, Each time Jenn visits she shares a READ Aloud story and then each student gets to board her MAGIC Reading Bus and choose their own book to take home and read. The Kindergarten students talk about her kindness and her visits for days afterwards . These students often come from very low income families and love that their child can start building their home library with each visit from Jenn and Bess the Bus. All you need to do is the faces of these students after a visit (The smile goes from ear to ear ! )
We look forward to Bess The Book Bus' return to downeast Maine every year!! Jen is a delight and remembers (how I dont know!) book conversations she has had with my kids from year to year. They talk about the book bus for weeks before she arrives and for weeks after. I cannot even begin to express how much Jen has encouraged and helped my kids' love of reading. As a homeschooling mom this is incredible, but as a person who loves book and loves to see kids' faces light up when they discover the magic between the pages, the work Jen is doing with her book bus is priceless and incredible.
Having Bess the Book Bus visit is the highlight of our summer reading program. Love to see the smiles on the faces of the kids as they are allowed to pick out their own book to read. Many of them can't wait until they get home and will sit down and start reading right in the parking lot!! In addition to the individual books for children, teachers and librarians that need books are also welcomed. Thank you Jennifer and Bess the Book Bus for helping to spread the joy of reading and a love for books!
We began working with Bess the Book Bus in 2011 and have always had incredibly positive experiences. The look on the kids' faces when they realize that they get to pick out and KEEP their own book melts my heart every time. There is NO ego involved in this organization. The founder does this all for the kids and is 100% committed to serving as many kids as possible -- even when that means driving for hours and giving up some personal comforts. I can't recommend Bess the Book Bus enough.
Bess the book bus is a blessing for so many children. She brings access of the love of reading to schools and children that are thirsty for books, but may not have the means to purchase books. As a teacher I've seen the delight first hand when my students picked out their very own book!!! The best part is they get to escape whatever they may be facing, often times poverty and other challenges that go along with it, into a world of reading!!!
I give away books on the school bus I drive in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bess met with me on her National Tour and generously donated several boxes of appropriate books for me to give as I do, to individual students on a day-by-day basis, as well as GREAT picks of hers for me to pass on to a couple of local after-school learning programs. She is a passionate promoter of love of literacy. Her enthusiasm and dedication are infectious, her generosity of time, energy and resources inspirational. I can't think of a better way to allocate your donation dollars than to Back the Bus!
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Bess donated over 100 books to Pepin Academies annual Camp-Read-A-Lot. The children were thrilled with the opportunity to be able to take home a book of their very own. In addition, Jen was a pleasure!
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