Share your “shelfie” and give children in need access to brand new books

Feb 6, 2015

Doing some reading this weekend? Snap a shelfie for a good cause!

First Book, a non-profit that gives children in need access to new books, launched an inventive and fun campaign called “Magic of Storytelling Million Book Challenge.”

Already, actress Kerry Washington, host of NPR’s Morning Edition David Greene, and children’s author Mo Willems have taken part! Want a chance to speed read a blurb from your favorite book to hundreds of social media followers? What if it’s for a great cause?

Here are two ways you can get involved via social media – both are pretty great, and will provide endless entertainment to your followers. First, you need to pick your favorite book and:

1. Share your “Shelfie”

Take a “shelfie” (a photo of you holding your favorite book or standing by your bookshelf) and share it on social media using hashtag #MagicOfStorytelling. You can even encourage friends to do the same, and consider making a donation to First Book. For every $5.00 donated via the social media component of the campaign, First Book and Disney will donate two books to a child in need – up to one million books.

2. Share a 10 second “Speed Read Video”

If you really want to go all in, you can record and post a “speed read” video. Record yourself reading as many words as you can in 10 seconds. Share your video using hashtag **#MagicOfStorytelling **and invite your followers to beat your record, post their own videos, and make a donation to First Book.

First Book offered this speed read tip, which might just come in handy if you take on the challenge: Pre-number the 10th, 20th, and 30th words of your book before your speed read so you can count your words easily.

Are you game for the challenge? Share your heroic speed read efforts with us!!