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One Month in Maine pt. 1

After three months on the road, Bess the Book Bus finally found a home away from home. The 2011 Transitions/VSP Success is in Sight tour traveled to Maine for a full month of mobile literacy outreach. We were able to spend so much time in the state because of the...

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The Best of Buffalo

For the past two years, Bess the Book Bus kicked off our nationwide tour at the Transitions Championship in Innisbrook, FL. The seven day golf tournament brought in 2,000 children from Title 1 schools and gave them access to things that are normally out of reach...

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Spotlight: Clayton’s Collection

The Ebersold family suffered a terrible loss when 9-year-old Clayton was fatally struck by a car in 2007. Clayton crossed the road to check the mail, hopeful to find a brand new book inside. There was no package and as Clayton crossed back, he was hit by a station...

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The Wisconsin Recap

One week aboard Bess the Book Bus can feel like a whirlwind of adventure. The 2011 Transitions/VSP Success is in Sight Tour traveled to Wisconsin for 11 stops in seven days. Our schedule was filled to see as much of the state and meet as many Sconies as possible. Each...

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Foundations and Friendships

Over the past eight years, Bess the Book Bus has grown with the help of nationwide support. Our success is built by the hard work of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping our children. No specific title has stuck when addressing everyone involved in our...

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Read a Book, Give a Book

Thanks to Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, supporting Bess Book Bus is as simple three easy steps. We Give Books will donate one brand new book to Bess for each book read online. Here's how it works: Sign up at We Give Books. Choose Bess the Book Bus as your...

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A Helping Hand

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DltSu-PH8l4&w=480&h=390] With less than a week left in class, the students of Mason Elementary receive a special treat. Second and third graders entered the auditorium and wait for an unexpected guest to arrive. They...

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Focusing on Children’s Needs

The Detroit sun beats down on the loose gravel lot behind MacDowell Elementary. A sudden wave of record highs makes the ground shimmer in the shape two brightly colored buses and a tent. From un-airconditioned classrooms, children looked out the window wondering if...

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A Visit from the Book Fairy

Students at Harlem Day Charter School drop everything and read after receiving six brand new books from The Book Fairy. The opening moments of Book Expo America look like scenes from the day after Thanksgiving. Lines form inside the Javitz Center hours before the...

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Everything is Bigger in Texas

Jennifer reads to the students of Collins Elementary School while a live feed aired in classrooms across Alief Independent School District There is an often used adage that always comes to mind when talking about the Lone Star State. It's the same slogan that's...

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Success in in Sight!

The open road always offers its fair share of the unexpected. The first week of the 2011 Transitions/VSP Success is in Sight tour started off with more adventure and adversity than we could have ever imagined. There are more than 50 stops planned, spanning six months...

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