If You Give A Child A Book...

At the Bee, we know that great readers make great spellers. Childhood literacy is at the core of our purpose, which is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.


This year, we're excited to partner with the Scripps Howard Foundation and The E.W. Scripps Company to help put books into the hands of kids who need them the most. Learn how to donate below.

Since its launch in 2016, the campaign has donated more than 500,000 new books to economically at-risk children who live in communities served by Scripps businesses. Scripps selects low-income schools and nonprofits in their communities to distribute the books to ensure they go to children who need them most.


Join the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Scripps Howard Foundation and The E.W. Scripps Company to give the gift of reading to children in need across the country.


Every $5 donation to the “If You Give a Child a Book … ” campaign allows us to put one book in the hands of a deserving child!


Research shows...

children not able to read at grade level by the third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school.

A Message from Dr. Bailly


Did you know...

61% of low-income families do not have books available at home for children to read.