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Community Action by Regional Business to Keep Kids Reading

Mar 26, 2020 09:41AM ● By Erica Shames

Regional publisher, Eifrig Publishing, is making its children’s books available for free to kids and parents stuck at home during this time of crisis. 

Ebooks are available at a voluntary price point from FREE to $10, for those who would like to pay it forward. Real books will be distributed through free school meal pick-up programs (starting in the State College Area School District) and at local Food Banks. Donations are welcome to keep this sustainable. And kids are encouraged to use their extra time at home to become writers and illustrators themselves by entering the YACK! kids’ writing contest.

Everything is turned upside down all across the globe, and families are now hunkering down at home, trying to find good ways to pass the time. Books, reading and writing are a great way to spend your days together!

In order to provide additional resources to strapped families during these strange and difficult times, local publisher, Penny Eifrig of Eifrig Publishing in Lemont, PA, is finding ways to get her collection of children’s books out to kids in need. 

“My wonderful team of authors and illustrators hopes that many families will take advantage of these opportunities to read their books for free, and we all look forward to seeing what stories the kids will create during this very challenging time,” says publisher Penny Eifrig.

Eifrig Publishing was created in 2006 with the motto: “Good for our kids, good for our Earth, and good for our communities. We are passionate about helping kids develop into caring, creative, thoughtful individuals who possess positive self-images, celebrate differences, and practice inclusion. Our books promote social and environmental consciousness and empower children as they grow in their communities.” 

There is a new page filled with free resources, including a link to access all of their ebooks, where all of the titles can be ordered at the price the customer chooses (FREE, $1, $3.99 (reg. price) or $10, for those who would like to pay it forward).

Another Eifrig Publishing partner, an online library called Magicblox (, is offering free online access to their books (including Eifrig Publishing’s titles) using the coupon HEALTHY.

 In addition, Eifrig Publishing is collaborating with the non-profit RANDOM ACTS OF READING ( to provide free books when parents pick up free breakfasts and lunches at school and at local food banks. In order to be able to expand the donation of free books, they are appealing to those who can to donate funds to do so, so more books can be provided.

Eifrig Publishing and Random Acts of Reading are also collaborating on the revival of a children’s book writing contest, YACK! (Young Authors—Creative Kids), which is encouraging kids to use their extra time at home to write stories. All submitted stories will be included in a free library, so kids around the globe can see what their cohorts are thinking about as they go through these strange times. A gold medal winner will be selected at the end of the year, and the winner’s book will be published by Eifrig Publishing, with the proceeds going to the non-profit of choice of the young author.

This is a great opportunity to take advantage of the extra time we have on our hands to spend it reading, writing, and enjoying time with our kids, even in the midst of the fears and concerns regarding income and health.  Pick up a book!


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