A Note to My Friends and Colleagues from CMSD

Welcome to the new and expanded Cleveland Schools Book Fund website! We are so excited to share this with you! This marks a new era for the Cleveland Schools Book Fund!

The Cleveland Schools Book Fund began with the simple, yet profound commitment to insure that each and every student in the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools early childhood grades would have an ample
supply of high quality, hardback fiction books in their classrooms. Our founder Stephen Morris envisioned the Cleveland Schools Book Fund as a support to Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers and a service to the children in their classrooms. And it is!

Fifteen years later, the Cleveland Schools Book Fund is going strong, and has expanded to include:

  • opportunities for teachers to come together and share ideas for using the Book Fund resources
  • opportunities for students to build a home library
  • opportunities to engage students directly with authors and illustrators

In short, the Cleveland Schools Book Fund exists to build a life-long love of reading!

So I invite you to look around, try the videos and materials, write for the blog, send ideas to post, ask
questions, make suggestions … and above all, use the Cleveland Schools Book Fund resources to engage and delight our youngest learners! Let me know what you think!

Dr. Sharon A. Brown
Director, Center for Excellence and Innovation
Director, Cleveland Schools Book Fund
College of Education and Human Services, CSU


1 Comment

  1. Damaris Sanchez

    My love of reading began as a child when I discovered that stories found in books could take me places I otherwise could not go. I grew up in a Spanish speaking home. Both my parents were from Puerto Rico and barely spoke English at home, let alone even read to me in English. My love for reading evolved and developed through the years because I had extraordinary teachers that took the time to read to me and with me. As a teacher, I too try very hard to provide my students with the same experience. I expose my students to various genres and engage them in a variety of book studies. I love that the Cleveland Schools Book Fund supports my efforts by providing me with a plethora of amazing books that I use in daily read alouds. Throughout the reading, I engage my students in a discussion. Afterwards, we complete a book report which I then submit to the Cleveland Schools Book Fund in order for each my students get their very own copy of the book.

    Thank you to the Cleveland Schools Book Fund for all you do for our students!

    March 24, 2019 Reply

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