The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) welcomes Richard Buthod (Bew-toe) as its One Book at a Time Guru. Richard was instrumental in bringing Common Core to the consciousness of the book industry and he will be bringing his expertise to SIBA as part of a new partnership between SIBA and the Family-to-Family organization around the One Book at a Time Literacy Program. (OBAAT). One Book at a Time aims to provide books to impoverished children across the country, acting on research that has shown having a home library increases the level of education children will attain.
A handful of SIBA stores serving as test cases are promoting the OBAAT program and recruiting both donors and identifying organizations that serve children in need. The stores lend their expertise in choosing appropriate books for children of different age groups.
Richard, a life-long book professional, who has spent the last 35 years working in and selling to schools and libraries, bookstores, and wholesalers is here to help SIBA bookstores leverage this opportunity. In addition, Richard will be offering his own curated list of titles grounded in the Common Core movement as a way to provide the best books to these children. Richard will begin working with Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC, Books on Broad in Camden, SC, Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, Sundial Books on Chincoteague Island, VA, Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA, and Garden District Bookshop in New Orleans, and will be available to any SIBA Bookstore wishing to become a cheerleader for One Book at a Time.
The goal is to have many SIBA bookstores involved when the school year begins helping donors get books into the hands of children in need all across America.
There are many components to the OBAAT program, one being the need to identify eligible organizations. Any organized programs where impoverished children meet on a regular basis can be considered for inclusion, and booksellers are encouraged to nominate eligible programs in their own communities. Stores also provide information on how to become a donor and curate titles for school-age children to assist donors in purchasing books for their chosen children. Going forward, bookstores may offer donor incentives or include in the curated lists not just appropriate books for chosen children, but books as gifts, and books for parents. In turn, donors are potential customers who develop a relationship with their bookstore when they shop for at least one book each month.
Richard Buthod will bring his knowledge and expertise on Common Core to SIBA bookstores and OBAAT in order to help stores and donors choose well-curated books for their children. And speaking of Common Core, Richard is going to be leading a session at #SIBA13 in New Orleans this fall on how bookstores can leverage Common Core, and will be working with SIBA to create a Common Core Resource Page to include education, information, and best practices. He will also be on hand at the exhibit hall at the One Book at a Time table.