Without books, children fall behind.
Let's write a new chapter.

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
trusted adults
Access to high-quality
early education

Literacy &
Early Education

"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.

Libraries &
Library Specialists

"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 18-19 ACADEMIC YEAR... 

Libraries across the US

Children served

School Directors who say Books for Kids improves their students' literacy skills

School Directors who say Books for Kids prepares students for Kindergarten

Books read aloud in Story Time with Library Specialists

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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.

Library Specialists

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.

Story Time

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. 

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