My name is Michelle Eastman. I am a children’s author, teacher, and mom who is passionate about children’s literacy and the power of picture books.
I am the author of two children’s books, The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale, and Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie. Books are available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and Ingram distributors worldwide. Personalized books are available on my website michelleeastmanbooks.com
Working with children, and my passion for picture books, inspired me to found the literacy initiative Picture Book Pass it On (PBPiO), to get free books to kids in need.
Every March, I host a special book drive called MARCHing Books to Kids. Although the drive is in March, you can donate books anytime.
We collect books for the VNS of Iowa Storybook Project, serving children of incarcerated parents.
Each month, VNS of Iowa volunteers record incarcerated moms reading selected books aloud. Each participating inmate’s child receives his/her mom’s recording and the book to keep. The mothers may select new books each month.
After you donate, please share at www.facebook.com/PBPiO/ and tag a friend and challenge her/him to “MARCH” it on with their own donation. #MARCHingBookstoKids
You can mail (please ship via “media mail” to avoid damage to the package) here:
VNS of Iowa, Storybook Project
c/o Tabby Kuehl (please label MARCHing Books to Kids)
1111 9th Street Suite 320
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
Learn more about how the books you donate help incarcerated moms connect with their children here: https://www.vnsia.org/…/volunteer-to-help-chi…/default.aspx/
In addition to MARCHing Books to Kids, I celebrate the power of picture books year-round, with the Picture Book Pass it On challenge. #PBPiO challenges others to get books to kids in need by creating their own grassroots movements.
I hope you will join Picture Book Pass it On by accepting 3 calls to action:
Join in the fun! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
#1 Pledge to donate a new or gently used picture book/s to a children’s charity in your area.
#2 Post your pledge on our Facebook page. Share it on your blog and on social media. Please include our badge and #PBPiO
#3 Pass it on. When you post about your pledge, challenge one or more friends to join your #PBPiO giving chain. Encourage them to take the pledge and keep passing it on…
Please share your giving stories on this page. We love to see how books are reaching kids all over the globe.