Porter-Leath’s Books from Birth Spring Luncheon Celebrates Early Literacy in Shelby County with Teacher, Teacher

Porter-Leath is announcing their annual Books from Birth spring luncheon, presented by International Paper. The event will take place on Thursday, May 5 beginning at 12:00 PM (doors open at 11:30 AM), at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms. This year’s special guest speaker is Felicia Peat, WKNO's Teacher Teacher, and the luncheon will also be honoring the 2022 AC Wharton, Jr. Literacy Award winner, Karen Vogelsang. Purchase your tickets or whole tables at

Porter-Leath's Books from Birth Program distributes age-appropriate books to over 40,000 children per month, from birth until age five. In partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), Porter-Leath's Books from Birth Program builds a foundation for reading through books for Shelby County’s children. 

While these early literacy resources are provided at no cost to families, the fundraising needs are tremendous and increase every month as the program continues to enroll new children. After negotiating low book costs and generous assistance, the total annual program costs only $21 per child per year. Books from Birth depends on support from individuals and organizations to continue purchasing and mailing books to our community. To learn more about the program, visit