The Acorn Book Club (ABC) had planned it’s most eventful year to date. 2020 was programmed full of library refurbishments, huge book donations and reading events to encourage children to explore more stories.
When the nationwide lockdown was announced in March, it became apparent that the ABC’s plans needed to be put on hold, but they were determined to continue getting books into the hands of local children whatever the circumstances.
After weeks of brainstorming ideas and organising the wonderful donations already in storage, the ABC launched their Home Book Drop scheme in early July. If you follow @acornbookclub on social media, you will have seen their campaign asking anyone who might be interested in books for their children (aged between 3-11) to email the charity with a list of their child’s interests and reading ability. Bespoke bundles of books chosen specifically for each child were then delivered across London and Kent!
The campaign has been so well received that the Bromley based charity have now made over 75 deliveries, and have been blown away by the reception from parents whose children have been stuck at home during lockdown.
One parent wrote ‘OMG!!!! Thank you so much for the amazing selection of books!!! He loves them... He just keeps asking to read them all!’ with another exclaiming ‘We really appreciate the new books, especially as the children have had to miss out on school and the local library’.
The Acorn Book Club are still taking entries into their Home Book Drop scheme, albeit they are hopeful that come September, schools will be returning to some normality and their usual activities can resume in some capacity.