Iowa Book Blogger Makes 2009 Tweet for Literacy Campaign a Big Success

Iowa Book Blogger Makes 2009 Tweet for Literacy Campaign a Big Success


by Linda Thieman

The First Annual Tweet for Literacy campaign took place in November, 2009, during National Family Literacy Month. Four authors and three mom/book bloggers got together for a month-long Twitter-based event to shine a light on the importance of family reading time together.

One of the bloggers who participated was April Pohren of SE Iowa. April is a popular blogger who runs the book review website Café of Dreams. The authors and bloggers who sponsored Tweet for Literacy blogged in support of the campaign and also contributed prizes of their own work or that of others for the giveaways. Having an experienced book blogger involved was crucial as April was able to round up donations from authors and publishers that covered close to a third of the $2000 worth of literacy giveaways that Tweet4Lit handed out to entrants to help get more books into the hands of parents and children.

But the good works just keep coming. Here on Blog for Iowa, in reporting on this contribution to literacy made by an Iowa book blogger, we were able to raise $100 through MAT@USC: Masters in Teaching Hope for the Holidays event. One Iowa elementary school has received $100 in gift cards to help them purchase books.  Known only as Mrs. K’s class, this Iowa school is a high-poverty school and is sorely in need of help with supplies and materials. You can donate, too, through this link or through the program below by blogging about a literacy event in 2009. The gift cards expire on January 1, so do it now!

This post is part of the MAT@USC: Masters in Teaching Hope for the Holidays event. Did you have an experience or witness something in 2009 which gave you hope for the future of American education? If so, please see this post for more information on how to share it.

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