Children’s books make great gifts, and during the month of December the Allan Hancock College Bookstore is making gift giving even more appealing by matching every children’s book sold with the donation of a book to the Hancock Children’s Center Lab School.

The books were purchased by the bookstore, but handpicked by the Children’s Center staff.  More than 250 titles are available, including an assortment of Hispanic titles, and prices range from $4 to $9.

“This collaboration is an extension of our philosophy that children need to be surrounded by books in order to learn to love reading, and that young children need to have books read to them every day,” said Thesa Roepke, director, Children’s Center Lab.

Funds from the sale at the bookstore will finance the purchase of new books to replace old and damaged titles and to update the Children’s Center library, Roepke said.  More than 100 children have access to the library at the center and are encouraged to choose any book to read at any time.

“A child needs to read the same book or have it read to them at least 10 times in order to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary and school readiness,” Roepke said.

The Allan Hancock College Bookstore is located in the Student Center (bldg. G) on the Santa Maria campus and is open Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., and Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Starting Dec. 19, the store will be open Monday through Thursday only.  Check the website at for holiday hours or call 922-6966

ext. 3238 for more information.