Community-Based Literacy

Make Way for Books Community-Based Literacy programs serve families in community in locations they already frequent, helping to make books and programming available for the many children and families who do not have access to preschool or childcare.

The Blue Book House Project

The Blue Book House Project places new and gently-used books in waiting rooms of social service agencies, medical clinics, and other community locations throughout southern Arizona. Families are invited to enjoy books while waiting for services and to take books to keep. Blue Book House books are collected from donations and book drives conducted by individuals, local schools, and community organizations.

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Make Way for Books for Babies and Toddlers

We partner with home visitation agencies to provide essential information on emergent literacy, infant brain development, and language-rich interactions to new parents. Home visitors receive professional development on topics ranging from language acquisition to effective ways to share books and stories.

Book Fiestas

We offer Book Fiestas at community events throughout Tucson and southern Arizona. We hold an interactive story performance and hand out free books to attending children. Book Fiestas promote a culture of literacy in the community and help children and families get excited about books and reading.

Book M.A.G.I.C. (Making a Giant Impact on Children)

We partner with parent education programs to provide families with information on ways to foster their child’s early literacy development throughout simple daily routines. Parent educators receive professional development on language acquisition, emergent literacy, and emergent writing, as well as the Book M.A.G.I.C. curriculum, books, and implementer kit,including bilingual parent education resources.