Iberville Book Bus spreads joy of reading

Andrew Green agreen@postsouth.com

The Iberville Parish School System Book Bus made its rounds to areas in the parish to spread the love of reading in the summer.

Lydia Canova, Early Childhood Coordinator, began the Book Bus project with funding from the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant, and has been around for about three years, according to School District spokesperson La’Tonja Butler.

This annual project is dedicated to building home libraries for children and families that otherwise may not have the opportunity to own books.  “It’s a special day when the Book Bus pulls up in a neighborhood with free books for any child who wants one,” Butler said.  “No one walks away empty handed.”

Studies show that early exposure to books can have a profound impact on the future successes of students in both reading and writing.  Unfortunately, not all children have access to these materials prior to entering school, but the Book Bus is looking to change that.  This outreach program will have the capacity to significantly impact the literacy journey of the community’s young readers.

This year’s book collection included: picture books, early readers, board books, nonfiction and chapter books for older readers, Young Adult titles and even some bestsellers for adults.

“It's a great opportunity to spread the love of reading into the summer,” School Board Superintendent Arthur Joffrion said.  “Our school employees ride the bus and assist with book selection so it's a great opportunity for us to connect with the community outside of the school building.”

Shown are photos of the Book Bus making its rounds throughout the parish courtesy of the Iberville Parish School System.