Kinsella Receives 750 Books from Read to Grow

Kinsella Receives 750 Books from Read to Grow

On November 13, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts (PreK – 8) received 750 books for readers in grades Kindergarten through 5 from non-profit, Read to Grow.  Read to Grow, based in Branford, CT, promotes language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and supports parents as their babies’ first teachers.


The group of eager 3rd grade Kinsella School students got ready to welcome the books to their school, and talked about their favorite books. The students included Nialyess, Lyla, River, Noah, Rowan, Stephen, Elena, Kaylee, and Daeja.


During lunch, the students discussed the importance of reading.



The Books Arrive

The students were so excited to greet the truck.  (Walmart donated $38,000 to Read to Grow so they could purchase the van that delivered the books.)


You can see more photos here.


The book donation for Kinsella was organized by Kinsella teacher, Heather Dinnald, and Joan Rogers, MPA, the Executive Director of Kinsella Arts, Incorporated (KAI), an independent 501 (c)(3) corporation that supports Kinsella School. The mission of Kinsella Arts, Incorporated is to provide arts-integrated educational initiatives through financial support and building community partnerships. They enrich learning experiences that benefit students, families and the community.

Moving forward, Read to Grow has indicated to KAI that it can put in an electronic request to them at any time for more books. The only cost to the school is the $15 delivery charge. Read to Grow is based in Branford, CT.  Across Connecticut, their 34 Book Places/Rincónes del Libros are sites at other agencies — all nonprofits — where families have access to free children’s books that they can select and keep.

Just in Hartford, here are the locations families can go to to receive FREE books:


You can learn more about them at: