When you think of childhood, a few household characters might ring a bell: Dr. Seuss’s Cat in a Hat, Rainbow Fish, and that mouse that wanted a cookie. As a primary classroom teacher, my job is to instill literacy in young minds and to expose children to diverse texts. The ultimate goal? To turn them into life-long learners.

Unfortunately, the reality of education is that these texts do not always make it into the classroom. For many of my students attending a Title I school, these texts do not always make it into their homes either. A need and a love of literacy is not being met for our youngest and most at-risk learners.