This is my 5th year as an in2books teacher, and I cannot say enough about how this program motivates at-risk students to read and write! It allows students to select their own books, and then write letters to a pen pal who has also read the same books. Students who are very resistant to writing willingly type a letter to their pen pal and the revision process is almost painless! I am a veteran special education teacher and my students are SO excited to exchange letters with their wonderful pen pals!
I have been involved witn ePals as a teacher for over ten years. My students have been penpals with other students in classrooms around the world through ePals. The experience(s) afforded the students have been wonderful. The last four years I have been fortunate to work with In2Books. The In2Books adult mentor/literacy program is incredible. Through reading books of different genres and "discussing" the books with an adult mentor, students are exposed to literature and critical-thinking skills that are truly life-changing. In2Books is a well-conceived program of literary enrichment for students everywhere.
I have been blessed to be a member of In2Books for three years and their program offering enriching literature books to students with penpal mentors is phenomenal. I teach low-income students in an inner-city school...the students don't have much and have even fewer enrichment opportunities. In2Books has procured funding to supply brand new FREE books to my students! Five free books each year AND an adult mentor to interact with by email about each book is an invaluable asset to my students. They not only are stimulated by the literature, they are ennobled and encouraged by their adult mentors.