Special Books for Special Children!
BOOK IT FOR BOOKS, RIF of NOVA's biannual fund/fun-raiser is back! October 16, 2021. We are looking for early sponsors to get us started! And the race is ON, whether it's in person, virtual, or a hybrid of both (TBD)! Sponsors get lots of benefits (including, of course, the gratitude of the children we serve). See sponsorship levels and how to connect here!
May 2021
Special Books for Special Children!
Do you have or know a child with learning or attention issues who struggles with reading? If so, this link will lead to great ideas! Discover what kinds of books are especially popular with children who wrestle with reading. The recommended books are based on a Reading Rockets survey of parents and educators of children with learning and attention issues, including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.

In January, we began a new feature: BOOK BABIES! Why? Because pictures help tell the love-of-reading story! Do you have a photo of a baby or toddler "reading" ... or at least trying?! If so, send in your favorite photo(s) to our email: rifnova@gmail.com. We will publish one new photo a month in the newsletter and on our website (with absolutely no names). All we need from you is approval to use the photo in our media.

New! May's BOOK BABY: A book, a BarcaLounger, and me! Wheee!
RIF of NOVA Books were "In Bloom" at...
...Polk Elementary! 

Students at Polk ES in Alexandria had so many choices at a mid-April RIF of NOVA book distribution. Not only could they pick out one brand new book, they could also choose two or three gently used books, courtesy of the RIF of NOVA community! Everyone went home with several books to love!
...and at Hutchison Elementary!

Marci Hoyt, librarian and NOVA RIF liaison at Hutchison ES in Herndon, organized a spring book distribution, too! As Marci wrote: "Our theme was – “Books are Blooming” – and I made wildflower seed packets for each student to grow a flower garden while they grow their home library with RIF of NOVA." To which we say...How cool is THAT!!! By the way, click on the seed packet picture for a surprise!
Hutchison kids could choose from a table of books!
The older kids were excited to show off their books, too!
One little reader already wrote a thank you note. "I am grateful for the book. I was excited when I saw the book and the book was long. But it was still good and I read it all in one day!!!!" Whoo hoo!!!
New! on our website: RIFNOVA.org
Added features in the last month...Check out these links!
NEW! In New Books...with a NOVA Connection, we feature a work of Young Adult fiction: Between the Bliss and Me by Lizzy Mason. The work tackles some pretty tough issues -- from mental illness to the ups and downs of young romance to the impact of family history on future goals. "It's the kind of book that librarians and educators will want to recommend to the right students," said Lizzy. Meet Lizzy and learn about her sophomore YA novel by clicking here! (Photo: Meredith Rich)
New! A RIF of NOVA Video Celebration!

Click on the video below to watch some of our favorite RIF of NOVA book activities -- putting books into the hands of deserving children (both before and during the pandemic) and raising funds to do so through our Book It For Books 5K/One-Mile Run! Our 2021 Book It run is set for October 16! Continue to follow the RAP and our website for details!
(Video produced by Emily Head)
New! May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrating the cultures and peoples from from across Asia -- from Japan, China, and Korea to Laos and Cambodia to the Hawaiian and Midway Islands. Two of our liaisons -- Cathy Guthrie of Cora Kelly ES and Leslie Broughton of Polk ES (both in Alexandria) -- have put together lists of their favorites for the month. Find that here! One of the favorites on both lists is The Name Jar by author/Illustrator Yangsook Choi and published by Random House. For info about this really interesting children's book, click here.

New! Also, learn more about Leslie Broughton in a short bio, found here. We will feature other NOVA RIF liaisons in future months, so please check back often!
Leslie Broughton at Polk's book distribution, working at a table of gently used books donated by the NOVA RIF community!
Cathy Guthrie with boxes of donated books at Cora Kelly. We are so grateful to all book donors and financial supporters who make our work possible!
New! Here are some of our most recent book donors!

A full list of book donors can be found on our website at: http://www.rifnova.org/contribute-books.html. If you have or want to collect books for children from Pre-K to grade 8, contact us at rifnova@gmail.com. We will arrange to pick them up. So far, we have collected more than 7,700 books, and over 5,300 have new homes in the RIF of NOVA community!
Daisy Troop 51102 in Herndon, VA collected approximately 400 books to donate to NOVA RIF. The troop is comprised of nine first-grade students from St. Joseph Catholic School. The girls enjoyed working with other troops within the school to collect books and then assisted with sorting and counting them. They were proud to be able to support those who may not be able to afford books of their own!
When Patricia Boyle retired from her tutoring business earlier this year, she wanted to find a new home for her collection of children’s books. She chose NOVA RIF so the books would continue to help youngsters develop a love of reading. As she packed the books, she remembered the students with whom she had shared them, hoping the books would continue to nurture children as they developed their reading skills.

Charmelle Smith (l), a special ed teacher and administrator in D.C. Public Schools collected new books for a STEM program, which was cancelled during the pandemic. Wanting the books to get into the hands of children this year, she donated them to NOVA RIF for our spring book distributions. Brandon Howard helped with the delivery of more than eighty beautiful books celebrating science and the diversity of people who have contributed to major scientific advances.
Sam Adams found some special lightly used books for kids and donated them to NOVA RIF.

Below, Vikki Ziff and family donated several bag of books and added a hand-crafted sign!
*Contribute online by Paypal or credit card at: https://donorbox.org/donate-to-rif-of-nova. Donate links can be found on every page of our website, too.
*Send a check to our mailbox:
P. O. Box 7012
Arlington, VA 22207-0012
Other options to help:

*Register with smile.amazon.com. 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. With all our current online ordering, the 0.5% can really add up!
*If your workplace holds a United Way campaign, designate RIF of NOVA as your chosen philanthropy. Our United Way # is 8959.

Thank you for any donation -- no matter how big or small! And thank you for being part of the RIF of NOVA community!
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