We’re excited that “Luann” comic strip author Greg Evans created a series of special strip about Books For Treats which ran Halloween week 2009.

Luann Supports Books for Treats

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Spry Health magazine mentioned Books For Treats October 2009. This magazine is distributed to 9 million households in national newspapers.

Since Halloween 2001, we’ve given up to 10,000 books each year to excited, costumed Willow Glen trick-or-treaters. Then-Mayor Ron Gonzales, then-Councilman Ken Yeager, Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio joined us in greeting the kids and happy parents.

We were featured in the media to nearly 2 million viewers/listeners/readers. Take a peek at some great pictures and links to some of the stories from our Media/News page. Mike Cassidy wrote a column in the San Jose Mercury News about Books For Treats, as well as in his blog. Read the article about Books For Treats published in the June/July ’07 American Association for the Advancement of Science magazine.

What is Books For Treats?

Books for Treats is a non-profit (501c3) movement that encourages you to give gently read children’s books at Halloween instead of candy.

Why give children books instead of candy at Halloween?

Books feed children’s minds, while candy only feeds their cavities. Books encourage children to read, and parents to read with them and/or ask them about their books. Many children rarely receive books as gifts, so even gently read books are special treats.

The National Endowment for the Arts recently released a report revealing that the average 15- to 24-year-old spends seven minutes daily on “voluntary” reading. If we kindle children’s excitement about reading before they are teenagers, they will continue the habit into adulthood.

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