Books for Babies - Belize

Encourage a love for reading from day one…

with our
“BOOKS for BABIES” Initiative

Books for Belize

"Children are made readers
on the laps of their parents."

– Emilie Buchwald​

What is "Books for Babies"?

We are working with local hospitals in Belize to distribute book gift bags to moms of newborns in the maternity ward. When parents start reading to their children before their 1st birthday, positive habits are formed, language skills are increased, and a joy for reading begins.

What is in the gift bags?

Gift bags will include 2-3 baby board books, a personalized card, information about the importance of reading and how to encourage a love for reading, discount coupons from local businesses for new moms, and other goodies.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The more donations we receive, the more babies get books! 100% of the donation goes to the gifts.

Other ways to help: 
Donate baby board books OR offer items or coupons for new moms.
Email BelizeReads@gmail.com for details.

About the Project

“Tek Time fi Read” (Belizean Kriol for “Take time to read”) is a project run by a Belizean youth group to encourage a love for reading in children and teens. The project is promoting literacy by collecting new and gently used children and teen books for distribution to families, schools, and libraries in Belize. 

The group believes that if children have FUN books they will see reading as FUN! Most children in Belize do not have reading books other than their school books. Affordable fun books are not readily available. The project has already distributed over 12,000 books and attracted national media attention. The youth have also renovated the local library, done book events in remote areas, organized large book festivals, and they have continuous requests from many schools and libraries.
30+ youth volunteers are involved in the project.

Books for Belize

Thank you for your support 😊

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