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WELCOME TO THE BFK VIRTUAL 5K WALK/RUN!

Try to remember
the last book that...

Moved you to laughter.
Moved you to action.
Moved your soul.
Moved your feet.

Books move us in countless ways, no matter our age or circumstances. Now, we're asking you to lace up your shoes and help make books available to children who need access to the books that will help move them through life in ways big and small, both now and as they grow.

Please join us in celebration of our students and of the books that move us.

 Ready to get involved? 

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Consider naming your team after a book that meant a lot to you as a kid.

Ex: Team Hungry Caterpillar (Your Name Here)

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Head this way to register so you can participate, both as a fundraiser and a runner/walker, or to support a team!

Thanks to the generosity of a Books for Kids board member, your gift will go twice as far! Take advantage of a $40,000 dollar-for-dollar match while funds are available.

Jump to important FAQS for Participants and Donors

Want to have your photos featured on our website and Instagram? Send photos of you training for and/or participating in the virtual 5K to Samantha at ssalloway@booksforkids.org

Team Spotlights!

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Team: Run Wild

Team Leader: Jill Nickels

Where are they participating: Marin County in California

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

I love your mission of developing early readers to promote literacy.

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

In the beautiful trails of Marin County, on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Running, biking and just being outdoors

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?

I'm a regular at our local libraries.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?

Surprisingly my parents never read, but I was always hiding away to read, even as a young child. I remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Beckler, saying first you learn to read, then you read to learn. I have always remembered that.


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

Point Reyes Bookstore

A book you've read more than once:

None. So many books to get to, why read one twice!

An audiobook you loved:

Harry Potter series. We covered hundreds of road miles when our 3 kids were young listening to Harry Potter on audio.

A book you're currently reading:

The Book of Longings by  Sue Monk Kidd and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

A book on your "to read" list:

Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari

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Team Leader: Natalia Wojcik

Where are they participating: Queens, NY

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

The impact that books had on my own life. As soon as I finished college I was ready to find a way to give back and foster a love of reading in the next generations. There's a lot to anyone's life story, but I know that I would never ever have gotten to where I am without an early love of reading instilled into me. Books are life-changing, in so many ways.

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

Running my 5K around my hometown borough of Queens! The more I travel, the more I appreciate what a truly unique and special place Queens is.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Daily morning workouts and hiking

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?

YES! I am literally at my local public library on a weekly basis and my friends make fun of me for it. When looking for apartments, the distance to the nearest library was a major factor, I have to admit. I have also egged on family members to get library cards as well, just so I can check out and request 2x as many books.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?

My parents, and the many teachers who let me read during their classes.


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

Books Are Magic

A book you've read more than once:

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

An audiobook you loved:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A book you're currently reading:

Klara by Iza Kuna, Hate Inc by Matt Taibbi, and The Plot by Jean Korelitz

A book on your "to read" list:

Metropolis by Ben Wilson

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Team: The Runaway Bunnies

Team Leader: Robin Adelson (BFK's very own Executive Director!)

Where are they participating: NYC,  along the East River

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

Books for Kids addresses the achievement gap in its formative stages and offers an effective way to break the cycle of poverty by making sure underserved preschool-aged children receive the resources they need to be successful in school and life. Those who remain underserved are often far behind their wealthier peers before they even start kindergarten and the gap typically widens over time. The Books for Kids model is a smart solution that I'm honored to help promote and make happen.

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

I'll be walking along the East River in NYC. I imagine the water to be much cleaner than it is and somehow that's always made for a highly contemplative and therapeutic walk.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

As luck would have it, walking!

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?
Yes! The Webster Branch of NYPL is right down the street.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?
That would have to be my mom. Not only did she introduce me to the Secret Garden when I was much younger but she also remembered how much I loved it and brought me to see it when it opened on Broadway many years later. And then there was the introduction to Winnie the Pooh...


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

I love McNally Jackson and have a real soft spot for Books Are Magic in Brooklyn.

A book you've read more than once:
Every book I read to my children when they were younger. Notable titles included The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Kissing Hand, Stellaluna, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

An audiobook you loved:

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

A book you're currently reading:

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

A book on your "to read" list:

Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey

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Team: The Funcasters

Team Leader: Steven Fuchs

Where are they participating: Riverside Park in NYC

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

Years ago, I participated in a 5 Year strategic plan consultancy with BFK. While I have created strategic plans for many Not For Profits, I was uniquely enthralled by the mission of THIS organization and felt compelled to get more involved as a board member.

 

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

Riverside Park. It is wonderful to run along our family jogging route with friends and feel their support for the important work that BFK does. 

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?
Absolutely. I am a trustee/treasurer at The Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT. It is the heart and soul of the community.

 

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?
Ms. Elizabeth Morgan my 5th grade teacher. She was “old school." I respected her and wanted to do well for her sense of pride in her students.


A book you've read more than once:
Time and Again by Jack Finney

Team: The Super Sonic Soles

Team Leader: Tiffany Gordon (BFK's very own Development & Administrative Assistant!)

Where are they participating: NYC,  Central Park

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

A strong love of both books and helping others

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

Most likely Central Park. I have been going there since I was very young and through all seasons I love it! There is always so much to see and so many people and animals enjoying it makes it worthwhile too.


What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Working out at home, dancing, and walking my dog.

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?

Not for awhile because of current events but my favorite NYPL is the 96th street location.

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?

My loving parents!


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

That is a hard toss up between BOOKS Kinokuniya and Freebird Books & Goods.

A book you've read more than once:

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

An audiobook you loved:

The River by T. Beulieu

A book you're currently reading:

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

A book on your "to read" list:

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

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Team: Paula's Page Turners

Team Leader: Paula Rizzo

Where are they participating: NYC

What prompted you to first get involved with Books for Kids?

As an author, I've made my living through writing and reading. As a child the library was one of my favorite places and I realize that books aren't as accessible to some kids. I wanted to be part of the movement to change that.

 

Where are you running/walking your 5K, and does that place have special significance to you? 

I'm a New Yorker. I love to walk and walk everywhere! I wanted to put my favorite mode of transportation to good use!

What are your favorite ways to stay active?

Walking and yoga! 

Do you regularly visit your local library, or do you have a favorite public library to visit?
Yes! New York Public Library on 67th Street is my favorite!

 

Who do you have to thank for your own love of reading?
My mother. She would always enroll me in book clubs or reading programs at the public library and I'm forever grateful


Your most frequented independent bookstore:

Shakespeare & Co - Upper East Side

A book you've read more than once:
Paul's Christmas Birthday by Carol Carrick

 

An audiobook you loved:

Taste by Stanley Tucci

A book you're currently reading:

The Perfume Thief by Timothy Schaffert

A book on your "to read" list:

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Where are our participants?

The joy of a virtual 5K walk/run is not only safety, but that people with a shared mission can join in from wherever they are!

NYC- 7 teams

Greater Boston- 1 team
San Francisco- 1 team

Your city?

 
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