To continue my celebration of Picture Book  Month, I want to tell you about a group of women from Haddon Heights who have taken their belief in the value of reading to our children and put that belief in action.

Adrienne Evans and Maureen Hicks were completing their teaching clinical for their master’s degree program in Camden.  They saw first hand the need for an early literacy program within this community.  In response to this need, along with Barbara Funkhouser, they started a not for profit organization named Story Storks.

Last year Story Storks volunteers visited more than 1,000 mothers of new babies.  During that visit each mother is given a book for her child.  The volunteer discusses with the baby’s mother the value of reading to the newborn child.  The mother is left with additional information on how she can create a reading routine.

The volunteers from Story Storks give special attention to the babies in the NICU.  With the parent’s permission the volunteers spend time reading to these neediest of newborns.

On Tuesday, November 12, the ladies are giving a presentation about their organization to the Evening Membership Department of the Haddon Fortnightly.  The program will start at 7:30 PM.  The Fortnightly Clubhouse is located at the corner of Kings Highway and Grove Street in Haddonfield.  All are welcome to attend.

If you believe in the power of reading to young children, one way to support this organization is to volunteer to do hospital visits.  Another way is to buy a copy of my picture book, Before I Was Born.  I will donate a 100% of the price of the book to this organization.  To purchase this book, just send me an Email at

And don’t forget I am giving away a copy of my book every week in November.  Just leave a comment telling why picture books are important to you to become eligible for the drawing.

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