children’s books: sharing

What if you had no children’s books to read at all? What would you do? A mail carrier noticed Matthew Flores, from Utah, was always reading. The problem was, he didn’t have many books. He read mostly junk mail. One day the postal carrier, Ron Lynch, noticed how much Matthew loved reading. He took action to help. Ron posted something on Facebook asking his friends to donate books to Matthew. The manager of the local library read about Matthew and gave him a library card. When Matthew’s story went viral, he had thousands of books from everywhere around the world. They were piled on Matthew’s apartment deck! There were books for every age. What would Matthew do with them? He donated some of them to the library. After that, the children’s books, and others, were given to libraries in different areas. Some of the books were given to homeless people, or low income people who would not have been able to have them.

Here’s what one library assistant had to say about the donated books: “A lot of the families that come here, some of them are refugee populations that don’t have set home addresses or there are homeless families that come here that don’t have set addresses,” said library assistant Stephanie Anderson. She went on to explain:

“We want to get books in their homes so their kids can connect with books young and get that love of reading,” she said.

 Ms. Anderson said “Each child whose family has an appointment at the clinic can take a book home.”

She said she “gives away about a thousand books a month and the number goes up during the summer months.

“This library wouldn’t be possible without help from all of the people who donated to us,” she added.

Isn’t it wonderful that Matthew donated 3500 books to the library and now many others are enjoying them?

If you like children’s books starring cute animals, you might like Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In this story, the animals don’t have children’s books to share, but they work together by sharing their talents to benefit others. It’s full of fun and important, subtle lessons. I’d love to hear from you if you read it.

Copyright 2015: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne



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Comments & Responses

4 Responses so far.

  1. Janice Spina says:

    What a wonderful story about the generosity of others to help this young man. He, in turn, was generous to others in sharing the donated books! It is extremely important that children have books to read early in order to form a bond and love of reading.

    Thank you for sharing this, Deanie! Children will love your books with important life lessons about friendship, helping and being kind to others. Hugs!

  2. Sherry Ellis says:

    It’s nice to read stories about generosity like this. Every kids should have the opportunity to read books.

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