The Snapdragon Book Foundation provides funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Founded by a former school librarian, the foundation exists to put books in the hands of students. Grant funding is to be spent on traditional books and processing fees—barcoding and spine labels, for example. Other media, such as posters, arts and crafts supplies, software, hardware, and online databases, are not eligible. The foundation is not likely to fund projects that include significant technology unless the technology use has a strong connection to the organization’s mission. The grants are awarded to public, private, charter, and experimental preK–grade 12 schools in the United States and its territories. They typically range from $2,500 to $10,000.
Now with Apple ARKit, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar can be brought to life in the real world. Through an augmented reality experience, children can watch their own Very Hungry Caterpillar appear in their classroom, on a kitchen table, in a garden, on their playground, or anywhere else they want to play with it.
Three new early-literacy apps have been released for free by a team in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and its Reach Every Reader initiative. The apps are designed for parents and caregivers to use with their children to encourage fun and rewarding interactions, promote dialogue, and give children the foundations they need to read, learn, and thrive.