The Center’s mission is to provide valuable information about family-friendly books and media to educators, librarians, parents and counselors who want to take an active role in their child or student’s creative development.
Children deserve the very best resources we can provide. However, finding the best books can sometimes be challenging. Our advisory council spends the year reviewing children’s books from independent, self-published and mainstream publishing companies in an effort to find the best family-friendly, creative and educational books on the market.
It Is Our Passionate Belief that:
- Children need to be creatively stimulated in order to grow
- Learning does not have to be a chore
- An informed parent or teacher enables a child to thrive
The Center takes pride in searching out the best books and media available for children today. As evidenced by holiday catalogs and flashy television commercials, the messaging you and your children receive is not typically representative of the best the market has to offer. For this reason, our advisory council puts countless hours into locating the best books that are emotionally, creatively and educationally stimulating – providing a platform from which your child can explore our world.
Our Purpose In Action:
Each year the Center produces a comprehensive list of what we deem the most unique children’s books on the market. With over 40 classifications, books are selected in 4 distinct groups: Lifestyle, Arts and Letters, Society and Culture, and Education. This list is promoted throughout the year as publishers and authors participate in activities, providing articles for the Center website and newsletter, and providing lessons and activity content based on the books.
Parents, Educators, Librarians and Retailers trust the high mark of distinction the Gelett Burgess
Foundation honors provide a product. Informed decisions about purchasing products designed for
children and families can be made knowing they have passed the foundation’s stringent evaluation
In addition, the Center awards grants and scholarships to the students and organizations who make a difference in books and media targeting children and families. Applications are are accepted throughout the year, and awards are issued annually.
View more information on our website at www.GelettBurgessCenter.com.