More than 400,000 books will be distributed nationally to teachers and students this week by The American Federation of Teachers and First Book .
The project will provide the books to low income students, many who have never owned a single book, officials said.
Half the books will go to Baltimore schools and community groups, which had asked for them, and the other half will be sent to schools and organizations in 500 cities.
“This is about getting age-appropriate, new books in the hands of children, some of whom have never had a book to call their own,” noted AFT President Randi Weingarten in a press release. “Encouraging reading is part of what will make a child ready for the 21st-century knowledge economy, and it’s one way we are reclaiming the promise of public education.”