Our team volunteering at Bernie’s Book Bank.

At Cottage Door Press, we believe that every baby deserves an excellent first book experience, beginning on the day they’re born. We also know that reading aloud from birth, for just 15 minutes a day, is the best thing parents and caregivers can do to ensure school readiness.

Unfortunately, not all little ones have books in their homes, or parents that read to them regularly. Fortunately, there are wonderful organizations that are working to expand book ownership for at-risk children and to increase awareness about the importance of reading aloud.

We’re committed to helping these big-hearted organizations get the books they need and spread the word about their amazing missions.




One of the organizations we’re working with is right in our own backyard. Bernie’s Book Bank, in Lake Bluff, Illinois, facilitates the collection, processing, and redistribution of new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers, and school-age children throughout Chicagoland. They’ve distributed nearly 5 million books since 2009!

To learn more about donating booksvolunteering at the warehouse, or making a donation, please visit their website at


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Another organization close to our hearts is Read Aloud 15 Minutes, a nonprofit that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care. Like us, they know that when every child is read aloud to for 15 minutes every day from birth, more children will be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, more children will have the literacy skills needed to succeed in school, and more children will be prepared for a productive and meaningful life after school.

To learn more about the importance of reading aloud from birth, or to make a donation to help ensure that the Read Aloud 15 Minutes message is heard, visit their website at


Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 5.02.33 PMFinally, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers and to encourage parent-and-child bonding through reading. The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless.

Read a book (any book) to your baby. The goal is to read 1,000 books (repeats allowed) before your little one starts kindergarten.

Sound like a lofty goal? Think of it this way: If you read just one book a night, you will have read 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think!

Are you ready to get started? Download our convenient reading logs and you’ll be on your way to 1,000 books before you know it. Happy reading!