MEMPHIS, Tennessee – Porter-Leath recently announced the donation of Memphis-themed picture books to over 4,500 preschool children. The community-based organization will distribute Perre Magness’ “We Live in Memphis!” and Grace Hammond Skertich’s “Goodnight Memphis” to Early Head Start and Head Start classrooms in order to build school readiness skills for children ages 0-5. Magness and Skertich are local authors.
Both “We Live in Memphis!” and “Goodnight Memphis” introduce children to colorful Memphis landmarks like the Mississippi River, Graceland, The University of Memphis, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The books also facilitate reading time with children, which helps parents and caregivers create language-rich homes that promote early literacy. The book donation encourages summer learning retention while maintaining the reading skills that the children have developed over the school year. “When kids are read to, listen to words, and talk about the stories, it helps prepare them for a lifetime of learning,” said Mike Warr, Executive Vice-President of Development and New Business for Porter-Leath. With goals of exposing infants and toddlers to increased book reading and enhancing their pre-reading skills, Porter-Leath’s early literacy programs have insert data on student gains/ measurable education metrics.
Read more about the book donation in The Daily News, Memphis Flyer and The Tri-State Defender articles.
WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee