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Ask Amy’s ‘Book on Every Bed’ Project

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Dickenson has a wonderful idea for Christmas, “A Book on Every Bed.”

Take a book. Wrap it. Place it on a child’s bed so it’s the first thing she sees on Christmas morning (or whatever holiday you celebrate). That’s it.

I’m working with the Family Reading Partnership, a literacy organization in my home town of Ithaca, N.Y., to spread the word about the importance of reading with children.

A million stories: Our goal is for a million American children to wake up to a wrapped book on their beds.


This is not a fundraising appeal. This is not about buying books (the book you give can be passed down).


“A Book on Every Bed” is an appeal to spread the love of reading from parents to children. We also want to encourage families to share books by reading aloud.

Dickenson recalls her own love for Green Eggs and Ham and the life-long love for reading it inspired.
Reading Rockets has some good ideas to get you started. Long after the electronic gizmos and fads are forgotten, the gift of books and the learning and imagination they inspire will be a sustaining force in the lives of children. Start the tradition of waking up to a book on Christmas morning for the children in your home — and — why not — add books for the adults as well. Letting children see the people they love enjoying a book will be a gift to them as well.

  • Lynn

    Wonderful idea! I “liked” this and put it up on my Facebook page.

  • Nell Minow

    Thank you, Lynn! I hope Amy inspires many families with this idea.

  • Sarah

    Our family has always done this. Instead of putting the book on the bed, I place a wrapped book at everyone’s place for our Christmas breakfast. The books are all from “The Book Fairy” instead of Santa. I have a wonderful time selecting the books each year.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment AnnMarei Lun

    My mom instilled in me reading before falling asleep as a child that I carried into adulthood, I still do it! I love this mission, how can I help?

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