Share Literacy Program

The Share Literacy Program has been developed to aid nonprofit agencies serving economically disadvantaged communities. Through Share Literacy, we provide books for children to keep and ancillary educational materials: CDs, DVDs, Home Literacy Kits, Teacher Activity Guides and Lesson Plans. Professional Development training is also available, tailored to the needs of your organization. Materials and training are provided at cost. Should an organization need further help to fund a program, assistance in obtaining funds is available.

For more information on our materials and training, please click here.

How the Program Works

(1) Our partnership with you can take any form that helps you achieve your goals:

We can provide a Share Literacy Program that includes:

(2) Who qualifies? Any nonprofit agency assisting the under-served community, especially low-income and at-risk children and youth.


(3) What we will need in order to help your organization.

If your nonprofit serves low-income children and you wish to participate in a complete program, that includes professional development training, please download the application (PDF) form, fill it out and email it back to us together with a description of your organization and its mission on official letterhead. If you are unable to download this form or need to fax your application, please call 650-948-9428.

If your nonprofit serves low-income children, you qualify to purchase materials at special Share Literacy prices. Please complete the order form (PDF) and email these documents to sharehoopoe@aol.com.

If you need assistance with covering the cost of our program and materials: If your nonprofit serves low-income children but you are severely under-funded, you may need assistance with covering the cost of our program and/or materials. Please complete this application form (PDF) and send this plus a description of your organization, its mission and needs on official letterhead. Send these to the ISHK/Share Literacy, 171 MAIN STREET #140, LOS ALTOS, CA 94022. For faster service, you may want to email your letter and application to sharehoopoe@aol.com.

What we Provide

High-quality, full-color illustrated Hoopoe books—including Spanish-English editions—feature stories chosen to promote skills in thinking and reading. Hoopoe books, Early Literacy Curriculum Teacher's Guides, Lesson Plans for Gr K - 8, Hoopoe Home Literacy Kits, CDs and DVDs are available at cost to nonprofit Share Literacy partner organizations.

Highlights on some agencies who have
participated in our programs:

Access Books, Los Angeles
This program received Hoopoe books for distribution to students in schools in the greater Los Angeles area with at least 90% of their population at or below the poverty line. Letter from Access books (369 KB pdf)

ACEE, University of Texas at Austin
In 2006, Bob Rogers, a volunteer for The Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge's Hoopoe Books Share Literacy program, received an $800 grant from a local Wal-Mart store to provide new books to 284 children who were receiving tutoring from ACEE members. The ACEE (AmeriCorps for Community Engagement and Education) mission is to ensure that all children develop a strong foundation in early literacy skills during their first years in school.

Alameda County Office of Education, Berkeley Even Start
In August and October 2006, the Berkeley (CA) Even Start program received teacher training and home literacy kits for two Hoopoe books. ACOE/Berkeley Even Start director, Martha Martinez wrote that the families in the program "are very pleased and thankful for having educational materials at their homes which otherwise they could not afford." (To read her letter in entirety, click here (756 KB pdf).) The Even Start program serves low-income, low-literacy, and non-English proficiency families in the Berkeley area. Their main goal is to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational opportunities and materials such as Hoopoe Books' Learning That Lasts program.

Albany (CA) Unified School District - Albany Children's Center
The Center's teachers received training and materials for two Hoopoe books, and two Home Literacy kits were given to the 120 preschool children who participate in their full day program for preschool children ages 2.9 to 5 years. Click here for the letter (16 KB pdf).

¡ASISTA!, Washington State
The Association for Support of Indigenous Schools Throughout the Americas (¡ASISTA!) acquired books at cost from Hoopoe Books, which were donated to parents of children from a preschool in the Mexican-American community of the town of Granger, Washington State.

Berkeley-Albany (CA) YMCA Head Start
Hoopoe Books provided training and materials to over 20 teachers of this Head Start program in the Berkeley CA area. This program serves over 200 children who each received two home literacy kits. Pamm Shaw, the Executive Director, writes "The Hoopoe Project comes at a critical time when more and more research points to the crucial role of reading to young children...Many of the families we work with do not have reading materials around their homes, so providing books for children to take home is an important factor." To read more of her letter click here (612 KB pdf).

Berkeley Unified School District Preschool Program
Hoopoe trained early educators in the district on using Hoopoe Books in the classroom and provided activity guides and material to go with the program. In addition, Hoopoe provided two home literacy kits to each of more than 120 children participating in the program. Click here for the letter from BUSD.

Early Childhood Institute of Mississippi State University
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina struck, 7,400 free Hoopoe books were provided for children in hurricane disaster-relief shelters. "We can take as many books as possible," wrote ECI/MSU Director of State Initiatives Laurie Todd. "We don't know the exact number of children in need, but we do know that over 300 centers were claimed as disaster areas, and that involves more than 22,000 children." We are continuing to raise money to send as many books as possible to those who are still displaced in these areas. To date, over $24,921 has been raised. Those wishing to help can donate online.

First Book, San Antonio, Texas Chapter
The San Antonio chapter of this national nonprofit with the single mission of giving children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books received a donation of 7,000 Spanish-English bilingual editions of Hoopoe books. More about the Witte Museum book giveaway (96 KB pdf)

Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services,
North Miami Beach, Florida
Two Spanish-English bilingual Hoopoe editions were selected by one of the nation's largest teacher graduate-education programs to train Head Start and public school first-grade teachers. The books were being distributed to children in Head Start centers. Letter from Fischler Graduate School (92 KB pdf)

Housatonic Community College (Bridgeport, CT):
More than 40 teachers from 18 Connecticut preschools serving over 600 preschoolers attended workshops at Housatonic, where they learn the most effective ways to use these stories with preschool children to promote literacy and thinking skills. The workshop series took place over a four-month period, with each workshop devoted to a different Hoopoe title. Letter from Director of HCC Early Childhood Lab School.

Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland, Ohio
The Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission received Hoopoe books for their Head Start program. They are a private, nonprofit, social service organization whose primary goal is to identify and address community needs, with the basic focus being to reduce poverty-related adversities. The Coshocton Tribune article (164 KB pdf), More about their experience with the Share Literacy Program (264 KB pdf)

Learning Leaders, New York City
The largest school-volunteer program in the U.S. received a donation of 3,550 Hoopoe books. Letter from Learning Leaders (228 KB pdf)

Literacy Caravan, Connecticut
Literacy Caravan is a mobile van staffed by early-childhood specialists who visit low-income pre- and elementary schools to show parents and teachers how to introduce children to books and reading. This program received a donation of 2,000 Hoopoe books and 80 teacher manuals. Letter from Literacy Caravan (684 KB pdf)

Mercy Housing, California
Hoopoe Books held three workshops for trainers and coordinators in the Mercy Housing California education program. In addition, we provided teacher activity guides, lesson plans and ancillary materials for 53 instructors. The curriculum covered 3 Hoopoe books for 4 age groups, serving children of ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 and 13-17. Home Literacy Kits were given to all the young people who attend after-school programs at Mercy's 48 properties in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Sacramento. To read about Mercy in a letter from their director, Tonja Boykin click here (112 KB pdf).

National Urban Alliance/Indianapolis Public Schools
15,000 books were distributed to children in 55 Indianapolis Title I elementary schools. The NUA included a packet for classroom teachers, with information about Afghanistan, a map of the country, and a teacher's manual for the books. Read more about this project (324 KB pdf)

The Reading Connection, Virginia
The Mid-Atlantic chapter of Share Literacy donated Hoopoe books to The Reading Connection, which operates 13 homeless shelters and transitional housing sites in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. TRC was founded in 1989 by a group of educators as a service project of the Greater Washington Reading Council. Its mission is to share a passion for books and reading with children living in housing crisis.

Reach Out and Read, Boston, MA
Since 2007, Share Literacy has donated books to children and families in medical centers and hospitals coast-to-coast through the Reach Out and Read program. Reach Out and Read (ROR) is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. In December 2010, our New England Chapter helped distribute books to the program at the Children's Hospital of Boston. Click here to read a letter from the ROR coodinator at this hospital program.

R.E.A.D.Y., Michigan Department of Education
The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water was chosen as part of the statewide R.E.A.D.Y. (Read, Educate and Develop Youth) program designed to make sure children have the necessary pre-reading skills (language, vocabulary, alphabet) by the time they enter school. R.E.A.D.Y. was part of an award-winning and innovative reading plan launched in 1998 by Michigan governor John Engler to help every student in the state read by the end of third grade.

Rosemount Center, Washington D.C.
This nonprofit education center was established in 1972 and provides Early Head Start programs for toddlers and preschoolers. Both the toddler and preschool programs are taught through a bilingual curriculum. Share Literacy provided the school with a curriculum guide and 157 Home Literacy Kits for the children. Read more: The Afro American Newspapers (132 KB pdf), El Tiempo Latino (1 MB pdf in spanish), and The Washington Post (108 KB pdf).

Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
Share Literacy donated books to SCBWI to help children displaced by hurricane Katrina. Thank you from SCBWI

St. Joseph The Worker School, Berkley
Hoopoe provided early educators in this program with two workshop trainings on using Hoopoe books in the classroom, plus activity guides and material to go with the program. In addition, Hoopoe provided two Home Literacy Kits to 30 families participating in the program. The St. Josephs program served PreK-1, 1-2 and 3-5 grades in the Berkeley area. Click here for the letter.

Virginia Head Start Association
Hoopoe books and other materials were provided at cost to Fauquier Community Action Head Start in Warrenton, where they were used by 155 preschoolers, and to the Higher Horizons Daycare Center, a Head Start program in Falls Church, where they were used by 240 preschoolers.

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Price List for Partner Literacy Programs

 

The Share Literacy Program provides the following materials at cost to agencies serving low-income children and their families. Professional development workshops are tailored to the needs of your organization and are priced individually. To participate in this program and to find out more about our professional development training, please contact sharehoopoe @ aol.com or 650-948-9428.

For a printable version of our Partner Price List, click here (660 KB pdf).
Get free Adobe Acrobat Reader for pdf files here.

Hardcover Books: $7.00 (Retail price, $18)

The Boy Without a Name

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal

The Farmer’s Wife

Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water

The Magic Horse

The Man and the Fox

The Man with Bad Manners

Neem the Half-Boy

The Old Woman and the Eagle

The Silly Chicken

Bilingual Hardback Editions $7.00 (English/Spanish, Retail price, $18)

The Boy Without a Name/El niño sin nombre

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal/El muchachito listo y el terrible y peligroso animal

The Farmer’s Wife/La esposa del granjero

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water/El león que se vio en el agua

Neem the Half-Boy/Neem el medio niño

The Silly Chicken/El pollo bobo

Spanish Hardback Editions $7.00 (Retail price, $18)

El hombre y el zorro (The Man and the Fox)

El hombre maleducado (The Man with Bad Manners)

La señora y el águila (The Old Woman and the Eagle)

Neem el medio niño (Neem the Half-Boy)

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Paperback Books: $2.75 (Retail price, $7.99)

The Boy Without a Name

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal

The Farmer's Wife

Fatima the Spinner and the Tent

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water

The Magic Horse

The Man and the Fox

The Man with Bad Manners

The Old Woman and the Eagle

The Silly Chicken

Bilingual Paperback Editions $2.75 (English/Spanish, Retail $7.99)

The Boy Without a Name/El niño sin nombre

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal/El muchachito listo y el terrible y peligroso animal

The Farmer's Wife/La esposa del granjero

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water/El león que se vio en el agua

The Man and the Fox/El hombre y el zorro

The Man with Bad Manners/El hombre maleducado

Neem the Half-Boy/Neem el medio niño

The Old Woman and the Eagle/La señora y el águila

The Silly Chicken/El pollo bobo

Spanish Paperback Editions $2.75 (Retail price, $7.99)

El hombre y el zorro (The Man and the Fox)

El hombre maleducado (The Man with Bad Manners)

La señora y el águila (The Old Woman and the Eagle)

Neem el medio niño (Neem the Half-Boy)

New editions in any language of any title can be produced for a minimum order of 7,000 copies of that title in paperback. For information on this, please contact the Share Literacy Program Director, by email (sharehoopoe @ aol.com), by phone at 650-948-9428.

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Audio CDs:* $4.95 (Retail price, $10.95)

*Currently available for the following titles in English-only, or bilingual Spanish/English:

The Boy Without a Name/El niño sin nombre(available English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal/El muchachito listo y el terrible y peligroso animal (available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

The Farmer's Wife/La esposa del granjero (available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

Fatima the Spinner and the Tent (available in English-only)

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water/El león que se vio en el agua (available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

The Magic Horse (available in English-only)

The Man and the Fox/El hombre y el zorro (available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

The Man With Bad Manners/El hombre maleducado(available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

Neem the Half-Boy/Neem el medio niño(available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

The Old Woman and the Eagle/ La señora y el águila(available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

The Silly Chicken/El pollo bobo (available in English-only and bilingual English/Spanish)

Hoopoe Early Literacy Curriculum Teachers' Activity Guides and Lesson Plans: $15.00

The Boy Without a Name/El niño sin nombre (available for Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal/El muchachito listo y el terrible y peligroso animal (available for PreK-1 and Grades K-2)

The Farmer's Wife/La esposa del granjero (available for PreK-1)

Fatima the Spinner and the Tent (Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water/El león que se vio en el agua (available for PreK-1 and Grades K-2 and 3-5)

The Magic Horse (available for Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

The Man and the Fox/El hombre y el zorro (available for PreK-1 and Grades K-2)

The Man With Bad Manners/El hombre maleducado (available for PreK-1 and Grades K-2)

Neem the Half-Boy/Neem el medio niño (available for Grades 3-5 and 6-8)

The Old Woman and the Eagle/ La señora y el águila (available for PreK-1, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5)

The Silly Chicken/El pollo bobo (available for PreK-1 and Grades K-2)

Hoopoe Home Literacy Kit:* $9.25

*Currently available for the following titles in English-only, Spanish-only or bilingual Spanish/English:

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal/El muchachito listo y el terrible y peligroso animal in English and Bilingual Spanish-English

The Farmer's Wife/La esposa del granjero in English and Bilingual Spanish-English

The Lion Who Saw Himself in the Water/El león que se vio en el agua in English and Bilingual Spanish-English

The Man and the Fox/El hombre y el zorro in English, Spanish and Bilingual Spanish-English

The Man With Bad Manners/El hombre maleducado in English, Spanish and Bilingual Spanish-English

The Old Woman and the Eagle/ La señora y el águila in English, Spanish and Bilingual Spanish-English

The Silly Chicken/El pollo bobo in English and Bilingual Spanish-English

Magic of Reading DVD: An informative and entertaining DVD on the value of reading Teaching-Storiestm to children. Includes a presentation of The Boy Without a Name in DVD format.   $6.00  (retail $12.95)

Professional Development Workshops: These workshops are tailored to the needs of your organization and are priced individually. Please contact sharehoopoe @ aol.com or call 650-948-9428 for more information.

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