Monday, November 7, 2011

Choose Your Own Adventure helps kids

Back in the 80's my brother and I had a bunch of those Choose Your Own Adventure books.  You remember them... You are lost in the center of the Earth and see a strange alien being coming closer.  It is very tall and has bright green skin.  If you decide to run away and hide, turn to page 12.  If you stand your ground and hope he is friendly, turn to page 15.

Good stuff, right?  Turns out the series, originally published by Bantam, has been owned and published by Chooseco, LLC for about six years.  Here's a blurb...
Widely commended for its appeal to reluctant readers, the interactive, multiple-choice multiple-ending series is among the most popular series for children ever published, with more than 250 million copies sold in 38 languages. Chooseco has sold over 2 million copies since the series re-launch in 2006. Each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character’s actions in response to the plot and its outcome.

Even cooler than the fact that these books are still around, and quite popular at that, is what CYOA is doing in the month of November.  For every new LIKE they get on Facebook, they are donating one book to a child in need, via the children's literacy foundation,  With a goal of 50,000 books! Here's a blurb about what CLiF does...
Through 16 free programs, CLiF serves young readers and writers who have the greatest needs including: children in shelters; children in low-income housing; children of prison inmates; refugee children; migrant children; children from low-income families; children in Head Start; children in communities undergoing severe economic challenges; and many other at-risk youth.

It could not be a better organization, and it could not be simpler for you.  Go to Facebook, type in Choose Your Own Adventure, go to their page, click LIKE!  And easy at that, a kid gets a book. Or just click HERE to make it even easier.

Now, where did that strange underworld being go, and what page am I on...

1 comment:

Joanna said...

Thanks for this tip, Amanda. Will do!