A book. One single book. Many people don’t realize how important having one book can be in the life of a child. But believe me, just one book can mean the world. I know this because I have seen the joyous expressions on children’s faces as they receive a book to keep.
My name is Meagan Warren and I am 13 years old. I am the CEO and Founder of Books For Bedtime, a 501(c)3 public charity founded to help children get the books they need to stay on the right path of life. I am a huge advocate for literacy.
It all started in August 2014 right after my 11th birthday. I was reading a book before bed when it dawned on me that there were children who didn’t have a single book at home to read at night. I realized how lucky I was to have so many books at home. And, I realized that this lack of literacy had to stop. So, I founded Books For Bedtime, my passion. A passion that now, two years later, has helped get over 18,000 books into the hands of children who need them. I am so grateful that my mom is so supportive of my mission.
I go to food pantries, homeless shelters, low-income schools and other places to donate books to children all over the State Of Ohio. I speak to the children and encourage them to read by telling them about what books have done for me and what they can do for them. I have had some wonderful experiences through Books For Bedtime.
I love when I receive thank you notes from children who have received books. I really love when other students want to hold a book drive, and have been inspired by my work. My favorite thing ever is when a child comes up to me, shows me the book she chose and gives me a hug.