If you aren’t a fan of singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, but you’re a book lover, well, you might just want to jump on the Taylor Swift bandwagon on principle if not on taste in music.
On November 11, the Children’s Book Council announced that Ms. Swift, along with the Scholastic Possible Fund, will donate 25,000 new, age-appropriate books to 25 New York City schools in need of more books for their students.
According to the press release:
“Twenty-five schools will each receive 1,000 new children’s books through the Scholastic Possible Fund as a result of Taylor’s support of the Company’s “Open a World of Possible,” initiative, designed to promote independent reading among all children. As a long-time literacy advocate, Taylor hosted a webcast for classrooms during which she shared how books, reading and writing have influenced her and opened her world. Since it first aired in October 2014, the webcast has been viewed by more than 4.5 million students from around the country.”
Taylor Swift is perhaps the most popular popular/country artist/performer on the world’s stage today. She has won seven Grammys, along with numerous CMAs and countless other awards, and was named Billboard‘s youngest “Woman of the Year” (she has been deemed WotY twice). She is the only artist in history to have three albums selling over one million copies in their first week of release, and has not only the bestselling album of 2014, but so far, the bestselling album of 2015. Yet, she is also known for being open and accessible to her fans, sending them tweets, video acknowledgements, gifts and handwritten notes, along with highlighting social causes. This contribution of books to NYC schools should only heighten her well deserved caring image, and set a wonderful example for other celebrities to follow.
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books. “Open a World of Possible” is a reading initiative and campaign that reaches out to teachers, parents and children across all of Scholastic’s books, magazines, websites, instructional materials, consulting, customer service and delivery systems serving almost all of the schools and families in the United States and many more throughout the world.
Classy move, Taylor. Very classy move, indeed.