Thank you for your support, or consideration of support, of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s Born to Read program. Reading empowers and there’s no better time to begin instilling a love of reading than immediately after a child is born!
Approximately every two years the Library Foundation changes the titles in the Born to Read bags to ensure that families with more than one child receive a variety of books through the program. While looking for a new title we came across the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s board book My First ABC and fell in love with it. Each letter of the alphabet is accompanied by a segment or detail of a painting. For example the letter “A” appears with Paul Cezanne's "Apples" and “B” is presented with a portion of "Boys In A Dory" by Winslow Homer. Each page is a colorful artistic treasure with wonderful images printed on sturdy boards for small hands to explore repeatedly. We soon learned the book was one title in a series the Metropolitan Museum of Art had created for teaching babies basics such as the alphabet, shapes and numbers.
In a discussion with the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), a staff member suggested the brilliant idea of creating our community’s own numbers, colors, and shapes board book series using art pieces from the San Antonio Museum of Art as the images for the book. We jumped at this idea, as it made perfect sense to introduce San Antonio newborns to basic concepts featuring works of art in the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection. Not only will we be striving to instill a love of reading in our community’s children, but we’ll be fostering a love of art by providing images of masterpieces that families can see for themselves. Additionally, by creating our own book for the Born to Read literacy kit we have the freedom to make it bilingual.
Babies love to explore detail in pictures and we’ll provide a delightful variety of images, both in content and style. The series will start with a numbers board book. In this book, numbers will be introduced via artistic masterpieces. Each number, from one to ten, will have an image devoted to it. Readers will be invited to find out how many of a certain object they can discover in a single piece of art. While babies will enjoy practicing counting with their parents via the book, parents will love the cultural richness and educational value of the board book. An index to the art displayed will be located in the back and an informational insert on the wide array of free resources available at the San Antonio Public Library, along with the hours – including Tuesday Free nights – for the San Antonio Museum of Art will also be included.
Your contributions to the Born to Read program through GlobalGiving.com help us ensure that all San Antonio babies have their very own engaging and educational books like the one described above at home. On behalf of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and San Antonio newborns, thank you!