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Moon Willow Press’s third Summer Reading Program ran from June 1 – September 8, 2014. This program promotes reading and tree-planting.

There were free Kindle downloads and discounted paperbacks all summer!

Discounted paperbacks: All of our older inventory prior to the second half of 2013 is marked down to $5.95 per title.

Tree-planting initiative: A portion of all sales during this time will be donated to Eco-Libris: Plant a tree for each book you read. Our goal is to bring our tree-planting tally, via Eco-Libris, to 1,000 trees by the end of 2014. So far we have helped to plant 874 trees. Update: We met our goal!

Eco-Libris has three world-planting partners. Trees are planted in developing countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and Malawi. The reforestation and planting are done along with the collaboration and support of local people living in these communities. The trees planted are all non-invasive.

Planting ecologically appropriate trees reduces CO2, fights forest destruction, increases biomass and tree productivity, reduces soil erosion, and gives farmers alternatives. Further economic benefits are:

  • Protection of important water resources
  • Decreases the chances for natural disasters such as floods
  • Improvement of crops: some trees are interplanted with crops to conserve the soil and organically fertilize the crops
  • Education for increased awareness of the importance of conserving natural resources
  • Additional food and income from fruit trees
  • Empowerment for the adoption of sustainable land-use practices

Literacy: September 8 is International Literacy Day, first proclaimed in 1965. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, one in five adults is not literate, and about two-thirds of them are women. 67.4 million children are out of school. According to UNESCO:

Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.

Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).

A good quality basic education equips pupils with literacy skills for life and further learning; literate parents are more likely to send their children to school; literate people are better able to access continuing educational opportunities; and literate societies are better geared to meet pressing development .

Please help us to promote literacy and reforestation by reading our books this summer!

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