Our Mission

The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life.


Our Work

Collections and replenishments for each library, as well as books given to teachers for their classrooms, are curated and selected to align with each school’s curriculum, reflect the cultures of each community, and include developmentally appropriate, recently released, high-interest, and award-winning children’s books. We also ensure that each year every child in our program receives at least five brand new books to take home and keep and share with his or her family.

Books for Kids was created in 1986 by a group of New Yorkers who recognized that children who do not have adequate access to books must surmount enormous disadvantages when entering school.

What began as an informal project to collect and distribute 1,000 books to under-served children for the holidays quickly took on much greater dimensions when we gave away 2,000 books in the first year and 9,000 in the next. It was clear to our founders that an organization providing age-appropriate books for children with little or no access to the resources they needed was necessary.

To learn about our current literacy programs, click below:

Lending Library Program
Build-a-Home-Library Program
StoryTime Program