#WATWB – This 8-year-old Girl’s Mission is to Give Away 2 Million Books

Welcome to February’s #WATWB, We are the World Blogest, where a group of writers join together to post a good deed going on in the world to deflect from negative news.


For this month, I’ve chosen to share this wonderful story about eight year old, Selah Thompson’s mission to give away two million books. She was inspired to do this since she was five years old and already noticed that some kids her age didn’t know their ABCs. In 2018, Selah’s parents helped her create a non-profit reading program, Empower Readers Literacy Project.

Selah’s goal is to be able to give away “20 hundred thousand books”. So far she’s surpassed 8,000 books, well on her way!


This 8-year-old Girl’s Mission is to Give Away 2 Million Books

Selah Thompson shares her love of reading and even creates her own series.


Books have the power to transport you to another place and make you feel like you are part of the story. A love of reading should be developed at a young age so children can see books as something magical. That’s the gift that 8-year-old  Sela Thompson from Atlanta, Georgia, received from her parents and wants to pass on to other children.

When Selah was five-years-old  she came home from her first day of kindergarten and told her parents that many of her classmates didn’t know how to read, according to CNN.  Her father, Khalil Thompson, told CNN, “She said that a lot of her new friends at school didn’t know their ABCs.” This really bothered Selah and she wanted to do something about it.

She then asked her parents to give away “20 hundred thousand books,” Selah’s mom Nicole Thompson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution; “this equals two million books!”

Please continue reading about this amazing little girl HERE.



Source: This 8-year-old Girl’s Mission is to Give Away 2 Million Books – Goodnet


If you’d like to join the WATWB last Friday of each month posting on random acts of kindness, please feel free to add the link to our Facebook group page or directly by adding your URL link to LINKY.


Hosts for this month are:
Lahti, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Shilpa Garg, Susan Scott and Sylvia McGrath.

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36 thoughts on “#WATWB – This 8-year-old Girl’s Mission is to Give Away 2 Million Books

  1. Just as I said about Amanda Gorman’s amazing poetry on Inauguration Day, I will say of little Selah: “Watch this wee lass. History has its eyes on her!”

    What a heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing, Debby. It made my day. 🙂


    1. Thanks so much Marian. That’s who I thought of instantly as soon as I read about little Selah. An empowering little girl fighting for literacy. So glad you enjoyed. ❤


  2. A Dolly Parton in the making! Sooo inspirational that Selah saw the necessity that a love for reading is developed, AND has started her own series of books .. completely wonderful Debby, thank you for this story … I hope you and your husband are faring well. Have a lovely weekend 🙂


    1. Thank you Susan. I was happy to get this post up. This Selah is a dynamo and the world could use more of her. We don’t have full results yet, but I’ve brought the hubby home today! A longggggggg two weeks. ❤


  3. I think it’s wonderful that young ones want to help others… especially when it comes to reading. Thanks for sharing this story and for being a part of #WATWB.


  4. Hi Debby – what a wonderful video to see … talk about a ‘bouncing’ daughter – and her idea of making sure as many children as possible have books to read, so they can read and thus educate themselves better … brilliant little girl and with parents will succeed – lovely … all the best – Hilary


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