February 2018

THANK YOU to all the caring folks who donated to RIF of NOVA's annual giving campaign, who sponsored or participated in our 2017 Book it for Books 5K race, or who donated through United Way, the CFC, Giving Tuesday, or Do More 24. Did you know that every $2 we raise actually pays for one book for a child from pre-K through 5th grade?

It's amazing to watch a child pick out a book to own -- often for the very first time! So we thank you, thank you, and thank you again! Giving information links are listed at the bottom of the RIF RAP. Please continue to give to support literacy for our NOVA children!
Black History Month book ideas!
February is Black History Month. What began as National Negro History Week in 1926 was expanded to Black History Month fifty years later, in 1976, when President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Book Riot honors the month with a top 100 list of children's books to celebrate, newly updated with a list of 25 more! Find the new list, including Hidden Figures, The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly, here.

Family Education has its own list of the top 15, and Reading Rockets has a list, too! Check out these and many more!
Celebrating love and kindness

Valentine's Day offers another good reason to read children's books and share messages of friendship and kindness. Even though the day has passed, the stories of love and compassion are good any time!
ThoughtCo. has a list of its top 11 Valentine's books that provide positive reinforcement for sharing and being kind to one another. Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli, is a modest picture book with a terrific message about loving kindness and caring for others.
We Are Teachers has a list of 24 top Valentine favorites. Worm Loves Worm, by J.J. Austrian, is one of them. It's a delightful picture book that is a celebration of love -- with messages about equality -- in all its splendid forms.
John Adams Elementary School Shows Some Love

Speaking of love, John Adams Elementary School in the city of Alexandria held its RIF of NOVA distribution with the theme, “The Love of Reading." Fifth grade students were asked to complete a project reflecting their love of reading based on a favorite book choice. To win a prize, students could create a poster, a pamphlet, or a book trailer with pictures and narrative to illustrate their knowledge of the book they selected. What a great way to share the love -- of reading!
John Adams posters 2
One student prepared a poster about the book Why, Fly Guy?, by author Tedd Arnold, in which Fly Guy asks over fifty "why?" questions! Why do I have to brush my teeth? Why do elephants have trunks? And more!
John Adams posters
Another student focused on Desmond and the Very Mean Word, a book based on a true story from Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s childhood in South Africa, which reveals the power of words and the secret of forgiveness.
John Adams Glenna teacher
Principal Ginja Canton and RIF of NOVA board member Glenna Orr oversaw a bookmark-making project for second graders.
John Adams book table 2
Picking a RIF of NOVA book required some thinking! RIF of NOVA liaison Tsion Bezu was there to the rescue!
John Adams Clifford
Clifford was there, too. Wherever he went, from classroom to classroom, there was an excited crowd! What's not to love?!!!!
All that John Adams love + a guest author, too!
John Adams guest reader
A highlight of the John Adams RIF of NOVA event was a visit from local guest author Michael Roberson, who read from one of his books, The Legacy of Kenzo Without Telling You. Kenzo is from a royal family and was seven years old when he and his family had to flee their native land. Kenzo has two extraordinary powers that only his parents know he has -- indestructible skin and supernatural strength. As he begins to discover his powers, the Legacy of Kenzo begins....
Books Lit Up The Holidays at Sinclair

Sinclair Elementary School in Manassas had a de- LIGHT-ful RIF of NOVA book distribution called "Books Light Up the Holidays," created by liaisons Gina Centamore, Kelli Williams, and Erin Gresham. After the librarian read a book to the class, the children colored a light bulb representing any holiday they liked...from Christmas to Kawanzaa to Diwali!
Sinclair project
Crayons + "light bulbs" + my-favorite-holiday ideas made for...
Sinclair teachers
...colorfully decorated trees, along with smiles from the Sinclair reading team!
Sinclair kids at table
Then, it was time to choose a RIF of NOVA book to take home and read again and again!
Wow...this book display is AMAZING!!!
Sinclair class on floor
Floor time -- time to get together for reading fun!
How can YOU contribute to book distributions like these?

RIF of NOVA is able to provide books to promote literacy only through donations from people like you!

1) Donors can give via PayPal on the RIF of NOVA website

2) Send a check to our mailbox: P.O. Box 7012, Arlington, VA 22207-0012.

3) Another way is through Type in Reading Is Fundamental of Northern Virginia, Inc. to select us as the charity you want to support. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to RIF of NOVA.
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