End Book Deserts is a nonprofit group advocating for children who don’t have access to “age-appropriate books, high-quality reading materials, and book culture.” I see myself more as a grateful ally than an expert in this area, but I do feel strongly enough about kids needing books that I wrote a chapter book about such a kid. And in some ways, I was that kid, growing up in India at a time when children’s books were few and far between. For all those reasons, I’m delighted to be on a panel during this virtual event.
In similar vein, Read On Canada! has put thousands of books and literacy activities into the hands of Canadian children. Here’s a promo video by Margaret Atwood!