Book Trust empowers kids from low-income families to choose and buy their own books, all through the school year. Their focus on book choice and ownership is no accident. Studies show that children are much more likely to read books that they choose, and having books at home brings proven benefits. Book Trust is all about helping kids build home libraries full of books they want to read, and helping teachers use those books in the classroom to build healthy habits of reading and learning. Best of all, the approach really works. Over a school year, the percentage of Book Trust students reading at grade level jumps from 31 percent to 59 percent.
Every month, Brookfield students get to choose up to $7 worth of books from the Scholastic catalog. Book Trust has been at Brookfield since the 2016-17 school year.