Local students sent home with hand-picked books

By WEEK Producer

October 11, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some Peoria grade school students were sent home with an extra bit of reading material.

Kindergarten through 4th graders at Charter Oak Primary School were given the opportunity to pick out a book for their very own collection.

The program  called, "Look, It's My Book," and it aims at making sure every Peoria elementary school student has books to read at home.

Since beginning in 2008, the program has given out more than 60,000 books, all of which were hand-picked by the kids.

"The most important thing to motivate children to read is that it is in an area of their interest and that's why we have the children pick rather than just take one book and give the same title to everybody," said Founder, Look. It's My Book! Founder, Janet Roth.

Roth said if anyone is interested in donating books or time to the program just visit lookitsmybook.org for more information.

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