The 2017 She Rocks Awards



Word Gap Stat

50% of adults cannot read an 8th grade level book.

Uncommon Words

Quiddity: (n) The inherent nature or essence of someone or something.

Inspirational Words

“Life is very, very short, and you can choose to live it how you want. You can choose to dumb yourself down and not express yourself just so you can fit in, just so people won’t dislike you.” Gerard Way

“If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your parents, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television, then you deserve it.” Frank Zappa

“You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one in which you belong.” David Whyte

Weekly Update

Word Rebel is honored to be included in the 2017 She Rocks Awards gift bag, which will be given to all 650 event guests! As part of their gift bag, every She Rocks Awards attendee will receive one charitable gift card explaining that a book was donated in their honor. We are excited to be part if this event, which honors the achievements of women in the music industry.


170 Books in Coney Island



Education Fact

In 2013, 87% of students who dropped out of high school had experienced homelessness.

Uncommon Words

HEDONIST: (n) A person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life.

Inspirational Quotes

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” Jack Kerouac 

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms. When it is over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.” Mary Oliver

“Remarkable is a choice.” Seth Godin

Early Childhood Literacy Update

Of our fifteen day care partners in Brooklyn, three are in Coney Island. Two of our Police Athletic League day cares and one of our YWCA day cares serve 170 children living in subsidized housing. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with the dedicated educators at these sites to build home libraries in Coney Island.


Partnering with Ready4K & ParentPowered



Education Statistics

In 2013, an average of 7,000 U.S. students dropped out of high school every single day. 79% of them had a parent who was incarcerated.

Uncommon Words
AFFLATUS: (n) A divine creative impulse or inspiration.

Words Have Power

“May we never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.” Albert Einstein

“Live your life like it’s your second chance.” Salman Khan

“What if you could be anything, or anybody, you chose to be?” Nido Qubein

Weekly Update

We are excited to partner with Ready4K and Parent Powered to expand our literacy text messaging service! By incorporating Ready4K into our current programming, our parents will begin receiving not one but three literacy text messages every single week.

Originally launched through Stanford University, Ready4K’s bite-size tips-by-text have been proven to increase parent engagement in literacy practices, and to significantly improve children’s expressive and receptive vocabulary, phonological awareness and print knowledge.

We are thankful for the opportunity to support Ready4K’s mission to use the powerful simplicity of text messaging to improve the lives of parents and children around the world.


Feel good about online shopping



Achievement Gap Statistic

Only 6% of children who do not attend preschool end up graduating from high school.

Uncommon Words

ZEITGEIST: (n) The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.

Inspirational Quotes

“Be nobody’s darling; Be an outcast. Take the contradictions of your life and wrap around you like a shawl, to parry stones to keep you warm. Watch the people succumb to madness with ample cheer; Let them look askance at you and you askance reply. Be an outcast; Be pleased to walk alone.” Alice Walker

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William G.T. Shedd

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

Weekly Update

Want to feel good about online shopping?Choose Word Rebel as your Amazon Smile charity. When you shop, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience as, with the added bonus that .5% of your purchase will be used to donate books to children in need. If you already have an Amazon account, your same account, shopping cart, wish list, and other account settings will appear on Amazon Smile. Happy shopping!


1,200 Books in November


Achievement Gap Stats

58% of students in low socioeconomic status households do not complete high school.

Uncommon Words

DESUETUDE: (n) State of disuse.

Inspirational Quotes

“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.” Anne Rice

20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“I don’t want to die without any scars.” Chuck Palahniuk

Early Childhood Literacy Update

November was a month full of gratitude. Thanks to the support we received on #GivingTuesday, we raised funds to donate 200 books to children in need. Thank you! We are also honored to have received the James Patterson Grant earlier this month. Thanks to best selling author, James Patterson, and Scholastic Reading Club,Word Rebel has received a grant to donate 1,000 books to build 20 day care libraries in low-income housing projects throughout New York. James Patterson personally read and selected the winning recipients amongst thousands of grant applicants. We are thankful to be chosen to give more children access to high-quality books and an equal opportunity to succeed.


Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 29, Word Rebel is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.
Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday.  Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.  We invite you to join the movement.  Some ideas to get involved:
  1. Encourage your workplace to officially sign up as partners ( and to organize a campaign to promote a charity that is meaningful to them.
  2. Forward this email to spread the word about #GivingTuesday.
  3. Use the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Unselfie to share the charities you support.
  4. Make a tax-deductible year end gift to charity. Visit to learn more about how 100% of your donation makes a difference.
Join us on #GivingTuesday to ensure all children start preschool with an equal opportunity to succeed. Every $3 donation provides 1 book and ongoing literacy instruction to a child in need.
Donate on November 29th and 50% of your donation will be matched: 
Tomorrow only, every $30 donation gives 15 books: 
Word Rebel is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) charity. 100% of your tax-deductible donation is used to purchase books for children living in poverty in New York City.
OUR PHILOSOPHY: Word Rebel programs address one simple reality: The most accurate predictor of whether or not a child will graduate from high school is the number of words they know when they start preschool. This is true regardless of parent income, parent education, environmental factors or access to quality schools. We empower parents, with limited time and resources, to prevent the preschool vocabulary gap – to close the achievement gap before it starts.

We are thankful for you


Happy Thanksgiving,

Since our first full year of programming in 2015, we have donated 5,500 books to children living in the highest poverty neighborhoods in New York City. We are so thankful for your support, and for the opportunity to share your generosity with the children we serve.

We thank you on behalf of 30 children living in temporary family shelters, 800 children living throughout 15 public housing projects, and thousands of other children living below the poverty line in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. Because of you, these children have received classic children’s books to build home libraries in 2015 and in 2016. Their parents continue to receive weekly questioning strategies to easily teach vocabulary and reading skills despite limited time and resources. Thank you for giving thousands of children the opportunity to reach their full potential. We appreciate everything you have done to support our cause.

With gratitude,
Lauren Martin
Executive Director
Word Rebel


70 Books in East Harlem



Weekly Statistic
68% of 12th graders in high-poverty schools graduate as compared to 91% of students in high-income schools.

Word of the Week

RECIDIVIST: (n) Repeat offender.

Words Have Power

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” Walt Whitman

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; It is something you design for the present.” Jim Rohn

“Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain…To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” Kevyn Aucoin

Weekly Update

The mission of our East Harlem partner, Boys & Girls Harbor, is to empower children to see a future for themselves they never imagined by exposing them to experiences that help them discover their full potential. Over 70 parents of children at the Boys & Girls Harbor Day Care have received award-winning books to build their home libraries. Now, they receive weekly eBooks and strategies to build their child’s vocabulary and reading skills.We are grateful to support Boys & Girls Harbor’s mission  by ensuring children start preschool with the literacy skills they need to succeed.
Shout out to our President, Caitlin Motherway for hosting WordRebel‘s November 2nd fundraiser. Thanks to the generosity of event guests, we were able to raise nearly $1,000 to donate high-quality books to over 300 children living in poverty in New York City; Every single hard cover book is donated alongside a year of literacy resources and instruction. Every week, parents receive 3 eBooks and 3 strategies to teach literacy skills during daily routines. Because of supporters like you, over 300 children will begin preschool with the reading skills they need to reach their full potential. Thank you for making story-time and equal opportunity possible.


One Small Act a Day Empowers Parents



Weekly Statistic

Only 12% of teachers report that their students enter their classroom prepared for on-grade level work.

Word of the Week

UBIQUITOUS: (adj) Present everywhere; Omnipresent; Pervasive.

Words Have Power

“We fall because we cannot hear each other speak, because eyes have ceased to see the face from the crowd, because whether we know or do not know the extent of wrong on all sides..we are all casualities.” Chinua Achebe

“To fling my arms wide in some place in the sun, to whirl and to dance till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening beneath a tall tree while not comes on gently, dark like me – That is my dream.” Langston Hughes

“I know nothing else but miracles, whether I walk the streets of Manhattan or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water..To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle..Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same..What stranger miracles are there?” Walt Whitman

Weekly Literacy for Parents

In addition to donating books, we bridge the gap between all literacy resources and the families who needs them the most. This is why we subscribe parents to a weekly literacy email and text message. Every week, parents receive 3 eBooks and 3 specific strategies that make it easy to teach reading skills during daily routines.

Every parent wants the best for their child. Not every parent has the time or money to prioritize reading. We give parents the words they need to fight inequality. When all parents have access to high quality books and literacy strategies, all children will have an equal opportunity to succeed.

Our partnering day care directors shared that learning how to teach their child academic skills in a few minutes walking down the street or sitting on the subway has been “huge” for parents with multiple jobs and little to no free time. Parents are motivated to commit to one small action a day that makes a big difference. They report feeling thankful that they can give their children the same opportunities as parents who can afford shelves of expensive books.


Why the trick or treats?



Weekly Statistic

Daily reading to children puts them almost one year ahead of those who are not being read to.

Word of the Week
ADRONITIS: (n) Frustration with how long it takes to get to know someone.

Words Have Power
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius

“If you judge a man, judge only his heart. Do not measure anybody strictly based on the bad you see in them and ignore all the good.” Suzy Kassem

“Allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each being to sing the song of their heart.” Amit Ray


 Words Have Power. Read Up.
Words have power, and not only for the children we serve. Did you know Halloween began as the Celtic New Year’s Eve 2,000 years ago? The festival of Samhain (Sow-in) celebrated the end of the summer harvest and the beginning of winter. Since winter was associated with darkness, death and much apprehension, ancient Celts did “tricks” to tell the future. Since the day of Samhain marked a transition from life to death, Celts believed the dead roamed the earth. They wore masks to disguise themselves from evil spirits and left candles and “treats” on their doorstep for deceased family members.  1,000 years later the Pope strategically discouraged “pagan” traditions when he changed All Martyr’s Day to All Saint’s Day and moved it from May to October.This Halloween and every holiday, Don’t blindly follow tradition. Read up.