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Angel Tree Book Drive 2018

This year’s Left Bank Books Angel Tree is collecting books for English language learners in Saint Louis Public Schools!

Saint Louis Public Schools enrolls more than 2,600 English language learners who collectively speak more than fifty languages. The Bilingual Parent Library is one of the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program components. Located in the district’s ESOL Office, the bilingual library collection includes more than 500 titles of books and dictionaries in multiple languages. There are five copies of each title.  The library offers English language learners and parents an opportunity to have access to books in their first language, to promote literacy in their first language, and to encourage literacy experiences at home.

This year, the district adopted the Seal of Biliteracy, an award that recognizes graduating seniors for their proficiency in English and in at least one other world language. In addition, the district is also implementing Pathways Toward Biliteracy awards to recognize students in transitional grade levels (pre-kindergarten to kindergarten, 5th to 6th, 8th to 9th) for learning English and at least one other world language. The Bilingual Parent Library is one of the strategies used to support biliteracy experiences of district students—English language learners, in particular.

Currently, the library includes books in six languages: Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese. Adding books in English will help expand literacy experiences for English language learners in Saint Louis Public Schools.

You can help these students expand their understanding of the English language and appreciation for books as a way to continue to strengthen students' literacy in English simply by buying a book for donation today.  Below are a list of titles we are seeking.  Five copies are needed of each.  To donate online, simply place your order as usual, select "I would like to pick this order up at the store," and in the order comments, mention that this book is an Angel Tree donation.

For questions or more information, contact Left Bank Books' Children's and Teen Specialist Sarah Holt at sarah.h@left-bank.com

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! It's Shoe Time! Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Bryan Collier, Mo Willems (Illustrator), Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781484726471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - November 7th, 2017

Good Night Owl Cover Image
By Greg Pizzoli, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484712757
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 19th, 2016

Bink and Gollie Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763632663
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - September 14th, 2010

Ghosts Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780545540612
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graphix - September 13th, 2016

Public School Superhero Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316322140
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: jimmy patterson - March 16th, 2015

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Carry On: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049551
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2015

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781442408920
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - February 21st, 2012

This Is Not My Hat Cover Image
By Jon Klassen, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655990
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - October 9th, 2012