Books for Babies

Diane Berner and Danielle Vogel, President, KEA​

The Lee County Reading Association has received an Iowa State Education Association Community Outreach Grant to fund a Books for Babies campaign. Every baby born at Fort Madison Community Hospital’s Birthplace during 2018 will receive a free book along with information about local library programs and parent tips for reading with baby. According to a 20-year study led by Mariah Evans, University of Nevada, Reno, having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books you add, the greater the benefit. “We want to encourage families to read together long before they come to preschool. We have wonderful library services to help with that,” said Berner.

In addition to ISEA, the Keokuk Public Library, Ft. Madison Community Hospital, and Keokuk Community Schools Foundation will partner with the Lee County Reading Association on this project. If you would like to support Books for Babies, please contact Diane Berner at

Keokuk Education Association President, Danielle Vogel, stated, “The Iowa State Education Association Community Outreach Grants have helped quite a few local associations to collaborate and create opportunities for community service/school projects. The outreach grants have been utilized in all parts of the state and for numerous projects, including food banks and winter coat drives to meet local needs.”

For more parent tips for reading with children from babies to grade three visit: