4.13.21 at 7pm ET | A Virtual Celebration
3 awards. 12 honorees. Endless gratitude.
We hope you'll join us in honoring an incredible group of creators and educators who have persisted during the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to do what they do best: inspiring and educating our nation's young learners.
Imagine a nation where every child from birth to kindergarten is fully supported on their journey toward literacy. This isn't the reality for many of our children.
Over 8.5 million US children lack access to the literacy resources they need.
We're working to change this.
Surrounded by books
Daily reading with
Access to high-quality
Curated libraries and Story Time
magic for young readers
"Early experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health."
- The Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Reading empowers children to discover their interests and develop the skills they need to pursue them. The earlier they start, the farther they go. That’s why there must be considerable investment in the early childhood experience, that time of life when we have the greatest chance to intervene before an education gap can grow.
"There's so much more to a book than just the reading."
- Maurice Sendak
We create libraries inside of preschools, Head Starts, and family homeless shelters in under-resourced communities because we know the difference that access to books can make in a child's life. Our Library Specialists are experts at making reading both an educational and joyful experience for kids, as well as their families.
“The Books for Kids library in my child’s school encourages him to read more and learn more. It gives my child the ability to learn new and bigger words and to think outside the box.”
-Parent of student, Las Vegas, NV
DURING THE 19-20 ACADEMIC YEAR...
Our library tour!
Come on in!
Curated Library Collections
Every library we build is curated to meet the needs of the children and families it serves. Our vibrant and diverse book collections feature high-interest titles, align with local curricula, promote social & emotional learning, and ensure every child sees their own story on the page.
Our Library Specialists manage our libraries, work directly with children, and empower parents and educators to model healthy reading in school and at home. They create a culture of reading within communities by making reading too fun to miss.
Our libraries have a spark of magic, and it's never as apparent as during a Story Time with our Library Specialists. Joyful, dialogic, and full of movement, Story Time keeps kids coming back to the library for new books again and again.