ABOUT US

OUR
HISTORY

 

It began with a library.

JUDY KOCH HAS A PASSION FOR EDUCATION.

Bring Me A Book - Judy Koch

As a former junior high school English teacher, Judy saw firsthand how difficult it was for hardworking parents to find time to visit the library, select appropriate books, and read aloud to their children. This problem was compounded for parents new to the English language. Indeed, many parents – whether immigrants or native born – did not understand how important it was to become a child’s “first teacher” by reading aloud to the children long before they first entered school.

Judy eventually left teaching and joined the family business at RSP, a manufacturing firm in Fremont, California where a majority of employees were immigrants learning English. While these men and women were seeking a better life for themselves and their children, they had no time to hone their own and their children’s reading and English comprehension skills.

THIS WAS THE LIGHT-BULB MOMENT.

During her teaching career, Judy had taken courses given by children’s literature specialist Kay Goines. Judy hired Goines to recommend quality, age and culturally appropriate hardcover books that would best serve the needs of RSP employees. She also created audio tapes of Goines reading the books aloud. Soon a library of these specially selected books and accompanying audio tapes were made available to employees. Employees were immediately enthusiastic about the program. Both parent and child working together improved their English language and comprehension skills by reading aloud and listening to the tapes.

SO WAS BORN THE BRING ME A BOOK LIBRARY.

When the RSP firm was sold in 1997, Judy made the Bring Me A Book concept a personal, continuing priority. She continues to serve on the Board of Directors and provides key funding for core operating expenses.
After selling the company, Judy Koch officially founded Bring Me A book as a non-profit and opened its doors to promote children’s literacy.

Today Bring Me A Book is a volunteer-organization serving children ages 0-8 in under-resourced communities within Silicon Valley. Bring Me a Book has national and international outreach through its affiliates in other parts of the country and world.

OUR
CORE
VALUES

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Quality

We strive to deliver high-quality programs grounded in research, knowledge, data, teamwork and a culture of continuous improvement. The success of BMAB is dependent on the quality of the team members employed by the organization and our valuing their contributions.

Human Potential

We strive to deliver high-quality programs grounded in research, knowledge, data, teamwork and a culture of continuous improvement. The success of BMAB is dependent on the quality of the team members employed by the organization and our valuing their contributions.

The Whole Child

We place the child first and focus our work on supporting language and emerging literacy skills as two key parts of the multi-faceted development of the whole child.

The Joy of Learning

We are passionate about education and literacy readiness for the children, communities, and stakeholders we serve and strive to create an enjoyable experience and environment for learning.

Diversity

We respect and embrace each others’ differences and believe that diversity of thought, experience and culture informs and enhances our work.

Integrity

We are committed to high ethical and professional standards in our work and relationships. Our stakeholders trust our word and ability to deliver programs in a conscientious and respectful way.

SEE OUR RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Books recommended for early readers.