A young girl lays on the grass while reading a book.

Summer's Better with Books! Save the Children Launches 100 Days of Reading Campaign to Keep Kids Reading, Learning all Summer Long

Participants Scan QR Code or Click Link to Support Kids in Rural America with
Books, Educational Materials and Healthy Food

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (June 1, 2022) – Today, Save the Children is launching its annual summer reading campaign in the United States, 100 Days of Reading, to give children fun ways to keep reading and learning this summer, while also helping provide support and resources to kids in rural America most impacted by inequality.

Starting today until September 8, International Literacy Day, every link that is clicked or QR code that is scanned by Save the Children supporters will help unlock donations of books, educational materials and healthy food for kids living in some of America’s most impoverished, rural communities. Children living in rural poverty face significant, persistent and unique challenges such as hunger, low education outcomes and lack of access to opportunity. Every day, Save the Children works to ensure these children have a healthy, strong foundation to thrive as learners and in life.

“No matter where summer takes you, it’s better with a book. But nearly two out of three low-income kids don't have any books in their homes,” said Betsy Zorio, Vice President of U.S. Programs for Save the Children. “And we know children who own books are 20 percent more likely to be more proficient readers. That's why Save the Children is so grateful to our partners and supporters for helping us ensure kids who need it the most are able to have access to books."

To celebrate the launch of the campaign today, Save the Children is hosting a kickoff event on the beach in Santa Monica, California. Presented by SC Johnson, the event will include a larger-than-life sand installation as well as a range of family-friendly activities and giveaways to reinforce that summer is better with books. Save the Children will also light the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier the evening of the campaign launch. Following the kickoff event, Save the Children and its corporate partners will continue to promote that “Summer’s Better with Books” by hitting the road on a nationwide bus tour, which will bring fun activities, games and essential resources to kids in need across America.

“As a family company with an acute focus on equipping and enabling future generations, SC Johnson is proud to support Save the Children’s 100 Days of Reading campaign,” said Alan VanderMolen, Chief Communications Officer at SC Johnson.  “It’s critically important that we find innovative ways to make reading fun and engaging, which is why we wholeheartedly believe in the impact this campaign will have on children in underserved communities across the U.S.”

In addition to unlocking donations, supporters can find educational tips and activities at SavetheChildren.org/READ to help ensure the children in their lives continue engaging in reading and stay active all summer long. Here, children and families will find a library of activities and word games featuring their favorite characters from beloved children’s books.

“T.J.Maxx is proud to be a longtime supporter of Save the Children’s literacy efforts in the US, including the 100 Days of Reading campaign, which we believe has been very impactful in supporting and improving the lives of children in need,” said Katherine Beede, T.J.Maxx Senior Vice President & Director of Marketing. “The summer months create a need and an opportunity to keep children engaged with reading and learning, and Save the Children has once again created a program that we believe will serve the community in important ways.”

Supporters can also join Save the Children's political advocacy arm – Save the Children Action Network – in their efforts by asking policymakers to expand access to home visiting programs. Home visits are offered to at-risk families from pregnancy through their child’s entry into kindergarten, ensuring children have the best start in life. A key component of many home visits is reading – making sure children have access to books and literacy from early on, and encouraging families to read with their children on a daily basis.

100 Days of Reading is generously presented by T.J.Maxx, SC Johnson, Penguin Random House, Brightly, Good360, Vooks, Mattel and Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures – as well as HarperCollins Publishers, Nickelodeon, Once Upon a Farm, Amazon, The Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation, Teddy Grahams, Zulily, American Girl, Kinder, Sunrays, Encantos, IKEA U.S., and media partners Discovery RISE and SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online.

To learn more, visit SavetheChildren.org/READ.

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we’ve changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube.

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