GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity. Organizations all over the country participate in this event celebrating giving and support.

Book-It Repertory Theatre Arts Education mission is to provide an interactive relationship between youth and literature through diverse theatrical productions and educational programs that promote the joy of reading, enhance student and teacher learning, and inspire the imagination.

Book-It’s School Assistance Fund was created to help offset the immense burden the pandemic placed on Washington schools. We’ve served more than 15,000 students since we opened the Fund in 2021.We’ve found that the statewide need for a funding pool like this is substantial – and we are fielding more School Assistance Fund requests this season than ever before.

This #Giving Tuesday, we’re raising funds to bring our Arts Education Touring Story, Kelly Starling Lyons’s Tiara’s Hat Parade, a heartwarming story about mothers and daughters, as well as Kobi Yamada’s Maybe, a story about the endless potential in all of us, to more Title I schools. If we meet our goal of $2,700, we’ll be able to share this incredible story with up to 1,000 students across Washington.

Your gift will help ensure that no school seeking this funding assistance is turned away. Long-time Book-It arts education supporters, Nancy Lomneth and Mark Boyd, will match the first thousand dollars. Please help us meet our goal today.

Make a gift this #GivingTuesday to help us bring diverse, joyful, and inspiring arts educational programming to our community!



  • A significant body of research demonstrates a positive relationship between theatre instruction and literacy.
  • Studies show that students in theatre-integrated classrooms are more likely than students in traditional classrooms to pass state language arts assessments, regardless of economic background, and that these benefits are sustained even after the instruction period has concluded.
  • In fact, students who have arts-rich experiences in school do better across-the-board academically, and they also become more active and engaged citizens, voting, volunteering, and generally participating at higher rates than their peers.

About Tiara’s Hat Parade
This book is a warm and joyful book about a mother who loses her beloved hat-making business –and a daughter who rallies their community to support her mother’s creative dreams. Author Kelly Starling Lyons dedicated Tiara’s Hat Parade to Black milliners everywhere and the kids they dazzle and inspire. This #GivingTuesday, help us share this story with students across Washington.

#GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. It was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

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