Studies have shown that by the time children are 4 years old, they should have heard 45 million words in order to enter school with a strong language awareness.
Founded by Bethany Donato, Books N Blankies was started with the mission of promoting literacy through educational services and resources for mothers. Designed to empower them in creating a better future for their children through reading and bonding, her vision is to create a positive and loving environment for children to learn in andtake steps toward being successful in school at a young age - putting feet on the right path early on.
Books n Blankies empowers women to positively impact their families’ future by promoting literacy through providing educational services and resources so that their children can be directed on the right path to school readiness.
Books N Blankies is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation.
San Francisco, CA
If you are interested in sponsoring, partnering, or hearing more about our organization, the Books n Blankies team would love to hear from you!
Books n Blankies realizes that the support of the community is a crucial part of being successful in our mission. For this reason, we provided 3 easy ways that you and your friends can partner with us in promoting, inspiring, and encouraging the advance of early literacy among mothers and their children.
We always need more books and blankies! If you have any, or know of any 'like new' or new books that are available for donation, we could use them. Handmade blankets of any material, roughly 30 x 30 to 40 x 40 inches will also be greatly loved and be put to good use in our book n blankie packages. Contact us for drop off information.
- Give $$
$10 purchases 2 books to be given to a mother and child. $25 can buy a blanket to be included in a package. $140 can provide 4 mothers with a book n blankie package for their child. Books n Blankies wants to give every mother the access to the resources they need to read to their child, and your gift of $$ will impact their lives for the better. Book n Blankie packages are always handmade with love and given as a gift! Your donations are secured with Stripe's industry-standard encryption, or you can donate via Paypal.
- Talk It Up
People need to know about the importance of early literacy, and what's a faster, easier way than to click "share", send a text, or hit "like"? Social media makes it no problem for you to talk it up and tell your friends about what Books n Blankies does to help close the word gap. We need people to know what we do so that our mission can be accomplished, and every time you talk about it we're one step closer to getting mothers the resources they need to read to their children.
Nurse Family Partnership
Nurse Family Partnership is one of our organizational partners.
Healthy Families America
Healthy Families America is one of our organizational partners.
Carquinez Strait Stitchers
Carquinez Strait Stitchers is one of our blanket donor partners.
Vallejo Piecemakers is one of our blanket donor partners.
Board of Directors
Abby Baker joined Books n Blankies as Secretary in June, 2016. Working towards her BA in music with an emphasis in piano performance, she hopes to be able to use her musical skills to grab peoples attention to the important and beautiful role that music plays in our culture. Abby comes from a Filipino background, yet she has lived in the Bay Area for the majority of her life and is currently attending school in Los Angeles. A few of her strengths lie in interpersonal communications and organizational skills. In the free time that Abby has, she explores the cities around her, enjoys reading a good book, and is often heard playing piano.
Bethany Donato, President.
Bethany Donato is the President and Founder of Books n Blankies. Currently a senior in high-school, she is doing dual enrollment and plans to graduate in Spring 2017 with her AA degree. Bethany wants to see underrepresented groups achieve greater success in academic pursuits, and in support of this vision she promotes early literacy to young children. Having lived overseas for 10 years, she has learned to make the most of where she is, allowing her to build friendships and appreciate culture. Bethany loves to bake for both her family and friends, enjoys playing volleyball, and relishes reading a classic book. .
Malcolm Moody, Treasurer.
Malcolm Moody joined Books N' Blankies as Treasurer in June, 2016. A recent Business Administration and Finance grad, he is building experience in the professional world to eventually invest and contribute to the non-profit and academic community. Growing up in the Northern and Bay Area regions of California, Malcolm spent the majority of his time reading and exploring, and most recently fulfilled a major goal of living overseas. Outside of his work life, Malcolm enjoys cycling, learning new instruments and reading long-form articles on news and current thought. .
Advisory Board Members
Dr. Adrian Donato, Educational Advisor.
Dr. Adrian Donato graduated from University of California with a doctorate in Global Executive Education. He has founded several non-profits that seek to develop global partnerships and enterprises, and sits on the boards of different non-profit organizations that focus on sustainable development throughout the world. His strength is in cultural competence, strategic planning, and international educational programming.
Dennis Yen, Community Leader.
Dennis Yen is an advisory member based in Vallejo, California.