Children’s Books On Tape was founded in the fall of 2000 as a community service project that has since evolved into a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit corporation. Our organization reaches out to children in disadvantaged, lower income schools by providing elementary level recorded books-on-tape.
HOW IT WORKS
Recorded books are packaged along with tape recorders into Listening Libraries, each comprising of 50 books and six tape recorders. Listening libraries are then donated to Elementary School classrooms and media centers. Since its founding, Children’s Books on Tape has donated over 6,000 recorded books-on-tape and 600 tape recorders to lower income schools in California, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, and the People’s Republic of China.
Children’s Books on Tape provides disadvantaged students with the opportunity to gain valuable English exposure outside of the classroom. Students who are having difficulty learning English as a second language are able to take books and tape recorders home and thus have access to their own personal storyteller. This can be especially valuable for students whose first language is not English and who are falling behind in school due to a lack of English exposure outside of the classroom. Improving reading skills through auditory and visual reinforcement has been proven as one of the best ways to improve reading and listening skills for non-native English speakers.
The Children’s Books on Tape concept has proven to be highly successful as an educational tool. Children’s Books on Tape encourage a child to read independently as the tapes and books can be taken home or listened to at school without teacher intervention. Most importantly, Children’s Books-On-Tape build a child’s enthusiasm and excitement for reading.
The mission of Children’s Books on Tape, Inc. is to provide Children’s Books on Tape Listening Library to kindergarten, first, second and third grade classrooms in Title 1 Elementary Schools throughout the United States and in disadvantaged, lower income schools in other countries such as the People’s Republic of China.
The books on tape that we donate to Title 1 and other disadvantaged schools have a tremendous benefit to the students who receive them; they provide a means to not only improve literacy, but also speech and articulation skills.
We have helped thousands of children brighten their futures by helping them gain the power of education and reap its rewards later in life.