Our mission is to level the playing field, and offer all kids a fair shot at life by giving them the tools they need to succeed at an early age. Those tools are books, a love of reading and a healthy self-esteem that comes with book ownership.
The Magic Book Party program is our signature event designed specifically for our kindergarten to second grade friends. The program was established and designed by teachers and volunteers in Charlotte, NC as a way to add tremendous value to the books we redistribute. We believe it’s not enough to simply give books to kids; you have to do so in a fun and exciting way that makes children thrilled to read any book they get their hands on. The Magic Book Party programs are proving to do just that with a 90% success rate.
“The students are reading because they want to read instead of a teacher telling them to read. The students say they like to read now so they can become what they want when the grow up.”
– Y-Readers Site Coordinator
The series includes several visits from our mascots, Erm the Book Worm and Erma the Book Worma. Erm and Erma have a Magic Book, and any child who is lucky enough to hold the Magic Book will grow up to be smart, successful, and do anything they want to do in the world! The children then have to listen very closely as Erma reads her book, “Luckier than the Luckiest,” which holds the keys to keeping the magic activated for a lifetime. Children will get the opportunity to touch the Magic Book as well as receive their own wrapped Magic Books as a reminder of the day they pledged to become a bookworm. After the initial party we revisit the children two weeks later to reinforce the message and to let the children self-select additional books. Each visit has a different theme and early literacy message. Erma and/or Erm visit monthly after the initial two parties. Original Magic Book Parties last 1 hour and can be performed for between 20 and 40 K-1st Graders. All subsequent parties are approximately 30 minutes long. We also provide a more compact program for the summer.
Data from the 2012-2013 School Year “Magic Book Parties”
• 100% of the teachers reported that Magic Book Parties are “Very Necessary” or “Extremely Necessary” in ensuring reading success in their Title 1 classrooms
• 90% of students “truly benefited” from the Magic Book Party Program and had improved reading levels
• 70% of the students we worked with have an “improved self-esteem” because of our programs
• 70% of our students read for pleasure on “Most Nights”
• All teachers reported their students either liked books “3 to 5 times more” (80%) or “More than 10x’s more” (20%) due to our Magic Book Party programming
• Each child received a Magic Book and at least 15+ stack of self-selected books, with the majority of children receiving 25 or more
To add your school or agency to our Magic Book Party Waiting list, please click here.
Cost to Run Magic Book Parties
At Promising Pages we believe we can positively and profoundly impact a young child’s life and future for as little as the cost of one movie ticket. The Magic Book Party program costs Promising Pages approximately $10 per student to run and implement. This includes all visits from Erm, Erma, our special helpers, all wrapped and unwrapped books, and all materials and curriculum implementation.
Donate Today: For just $10 you can redirect a child’s future!
We would be honored if you would consider sponsoring a Magic Book Party program for a school, classroom or individual child. If you would like to volunteer to help out at our Magic Book parties our our warehouse processing center please join our Magic Volunteer Pool.
If you are a Title 1 school and would like to partner with us we are currently placing schools on our waiting list. We urge you to apply as soon as possible. Please send an email to email@example.com demonstrating need and describing how the Magic Book Party program would be a good fit for your school. We will continue to partner with new schools on an ongoing basis as we receive the corresponding funding.
Unwrap the Magic
Community Distribution Program
Our Unwrap the Magic Community distribution program focuses on babies, toddlers and pre-school age children, and in many cases incorporates the whole family. These events are much like a visit from Santa Claus and his elves– except Santa is “Erm the Book Worm” or “Erma the Book Worma,” and his elves are book buddy volunteer in matching worm-striped aprons. The presents, of course, are books! Children get special one-on-one time with the mascot who helps them open their wrapped gift. It’s an experience so unique; it was referred to as a “literary first” in an article published in the Charlotte Observer. For the majority of children we serve, this is either their very first book or the first fun event they have experienced that involved books.
Our volunteers host “Unwrap the Magic” events each week at various locations around the community including Crisis Assistance Ministry. Each “Unwrap the Magic” event costs Promising Pages approximately $50 to run and are completely funded by our generous individual and coorporate donors.
Habitat for Humanity Book Shelves
No Home is Complete without Books!
At Promising Pages we believe every home should have a bookshelf full of books. Unfortunately this is not the case for thousands of families in Charlotte. Promising Pages and Habitat for Humanity-Matthews have partnered together to change this trend, one home at a time. For every new home that Habitat for Humanity-Matthews builds, Promising Pages provides a shelf full of hand-selected books for the children and family living there. The shelf full of beautiful books is the first piece of furniture to go in the home and the only piece of furniture in the home at the time of dedication. Check out this Charlotte Observer article for more information on this incredible, one-of-a-kind program.