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March 1, 2019

Fight for Grade-Level Reading podcast Episode 9: Ginger Young of Book Harvest

We talk to Ginger Young, founder and executive director of Book Harvest, a nonprofit in North Carolina that provides books and literacy support to families and their children.
She explains Book Harvest’s pioneering home visitation literacy program, the importance of parent engagement, and the things she’s learned after giving away more than a million books in over the eight years since she started Book Harvest.

In the final thought, I talk about the new State of Babies Yearbook from Zero to Three and Child Trends. Take a look and see how your state fares on the 60 indicators they track.

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This story comes from a partnership between the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the Herald-Tribune, funded by The Patterson Foundation, to cover school readiness, attendance, summer learning, healthy readers and parent engagement. Read more stories at

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