Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – Hannah and Alexander Laman – August 2014

Hannah and Alexander Laman, 11-year-old literacy superstars
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

 

Quote of the Month

“The most rewarding part of sharing books with others is that other kids have the opportunity to read and own a book of their own.”
-Hannah Laman, 11-year-old literacy superstar

“My favorite thing about reading is just that books are interesting, fun, and you can learn from them.”
– Alex Laman, 11-year-old literacy superstar

Amazing Kids! of the Month

The written word has been a powerful tool of communication and a great vessel for learning. But what happens when some schools can’t afford to stock their libraries with books for children? For 11-year-old twins Hannah and Alexander Laman, that was a problem they just couldn’t ignore. In 2011 they created Adopt A Book, an organization that donates books to schools and programs serving children in need.

Keep reading to find out just how awesome Adopt A Book is and why Amazing Kids! is naming both Hannah and Alex literacy superstars!

Who says kids can’t rule the world? Hannah and Alexander Laman are definitely taking the world by storm, promoting and encouraging literacy through their organization Adopt A Book.

Who says kids can’t rule the world? Hannah and Alexander Laman are definitely taking the world by storm, promoting and encouraging literacy through their organization Adopt A Book.

Creating Their Own Story

Hannah and Alexander Laman, 11-year-old twins from Ohio, love a good story. They both love reading so much that it is almost impossible to pick a favorite book. “I have many favorite books, but I really enjoy Ripley’s Believe it or Not books,” Hannah said. “If I had to pick one it would be The Hobbit,” added Alex.

So when these two young bookworms heard that some children didn’t have access to books, the twins created Adapt A Book in 2011, an organization that donates books to schools and programs in need. “We wanted to make a difference because we love to read a lot of books,” Alex said. They started by sharing their own books, and then the organization grew by taking book donations from others.

To date, the twins’ organization has donated over 45,000 books to schools, and programs serving children in need from Cincinnati to as far away as Zimbabwe.

How does it all work? Books are collected from book drives hosted by Girl Scout troops, Brownie troops, area businesses, family, neighbors, friends, classmates, and more. Drop off sites are also available for those looking to donate books! Over 30 Mattress Firm stores in the Ohio and Kentucky area are participating, as well as Cincinnati’s Children Museum.

Since 2011 thousands upon thousands of books have been donated to places in the Ohio/Kentucky states and beyond!

Since 2011 thousands upon thousands of books have been donated to places in the Ohio/Kentucky states and beyond!

Here at Amazing Kids!, we think that Hannah and Alex are truly incredible literacy superstars. We love and value reading so much that we can’t imagine not having access to books. And with Hannah’s and Alex’s help, so many more children are being exposed to reading!

Little Free Library

With a successful book donating organization that just keeps expanding, what’s next for these two? Well, they’ve already started it! Hannah and Alex are promoting literacy for children in Loveland, Ohio, through their Little Free Library along the Historic Loveland Bike Trail.

“The premise of the library is that it is free and you can take a book and leave a book,” the twins’ mom, Angela, explained. “This has encouraged many kids and adults to recycle their reading materials and also encourage others to read.”

The Little Free Library allows children and adults to take a book (no library card needed) and to stock the library up with books they no longer use. Is this something you could adapt for your hometown? We would love to see our readers create mini libraries like this to help promote a love of literature.

The Little Free Library allows children and adults to take a book (no library card needed) and to stock the library up with books they no longer use. Is this something you could adapt for your hometown? We would love to see our readers create mini libraries like this to help promote a love of literature.

A Future of Increased Literacy

Hannah and Alex have experienced many rewards through promoting literacy. ““The most rewarding part of sharing books with others is that other kids have the opportunity to read and own a book of their own,” said Hannah.

Now, they hope to donate even more books through their organization, Adopt A Book. “My future goal is for us to collet 500,000 books for more kids to make sure that all kids that need a book have a book to read.” His sister Hannah would also like to have an office space for volunteers and even an Adopt A Book car.

The twins even were recognized this past May as recipients of the Youth Leadership Award from United Way of Greater Cincinnati. With such a fantastic cause already under their belts, we can’t wait to see what other adventures these two go on!

Keep up the great work Hannah and Alex! Amazing Kids! is so proud of all you have done to make our world a better place!

Keep up the great work Hannah and Alex! Amazing Kids! is so proud of all you have done to make our world a better place!

And for all our amazing kids reading this at home, you can make an awesome difference just like the Laman twins. Find a cause that resonates with your soul. “Stay with it, and don’t give up,” Hannah said. “Enjoy it rather than thinking of it as work.”

Maybe you want to start small. Collect gently used books from your home that you don’t need anymore, and donate them to Adopt A Book. Any little bit that you can do truly makes a difference!

For more information on Adopt A Book and how you can start donating today, visit http://adoptabookohio.org.

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