Our Donations by State
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Check out our complete list of 50 places we gave book donations to.
COnnecticut & New York (August 2018)
New Haven Reads (Connecticut)
Founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” New Haven Reads increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, and a community book bank, all at no cost to participants.
World of Inquiry School #58 (New York)
World of Inquiry School 58 is a K-12 Expeditionary Learning (EL) School nationally recognized as a Mentor School for Expeditionary Learning serving primarily an African American community.
Their school is on a journey to build a more diverse, and culturally relevant classroom and school library. Their teachers and librarian place a large significance of searching for books with African Americans and their contributions to display representation. World of Inquiry believes it is essential for students to see someone that looks like them as they are learning to maintain engagement and to learn about their history.
Massachusetts & Rhode Island (August 2018)
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Inc. (Massachusetts)
Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services Inc. works with African American & Latino youth and families offering them opportunities to acquire self- help and self-empowerment skills. Services and supports are also provided for individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses and their families.
Books Are Wings (Rhode Island)
Books Are Wings programs expose children from low-income families to literacy-rich reading materials. Books Are Wings typically puts thousands of books into children's hands throughout the year. They also host early learning book parties, community distribution events and summer programs.
new jersey (august 2018)
Cramer Hill Elementary School (New Jersey)
Cramer Hill is a neighborhood elementary school serving 710 students (primarily African-American and Latino) and their families in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Cramer Hill is a special place where your child will experience the joy of learning in a safe, positive environment. They focus on 5 core values: respect, responsibility, hard work, teamwork and kindness. From music to art to field trips-Cramer Hill students take part in a well-rounded education. They work closely with their families to ensure Cramer Hill is a place where every child loves to learn.
delaware & Florida (september 2018)
Read Aloud Delaware (Delaware)
Read Aloud Delaware introduces children from 1 to 5 years old to the world of literacy and to spark the desire to become readers.
Volunteer adult readers read aloud books to children which helps to teach them learn new words, learn new facts about animals or trees, have a personal experience with the alphabet, numbers, colors or shapes, learn how to have a conversation with an adult, and hear grammatically-correct English. The Read Aloud Delaware experience sets children on the road to literacy success.
Read to Learn Books for Free (Florida)
Read to Learn Books for Free is a program of The Children’s Trust in partnership with Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College. Their goal is to get more books in the hands of children – books they can keep to read with their families over and over again. They achieve this goal by delivering approximately 3,500 books per week to more than 50 free bookshelf locations through Miami-Dade County. These books are free for the taking by children and their caregivers.
georgia & California Reach out and read georgia (october 2018)
Reach Out and Read Georgia (Georgia)
Reach Out and Read Georgia gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
With 138 program sites at hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices across Georgia, they provide more than 109,093 children and their families in 67 counties with free books and resources that promote early childhood literacy. Reach Out and Read Georgia utilizes the existing medical infrastructure, to encourage supportive, educational conversations with parents on the importance of reading aloud and the impact on children's brain development.
Hazel Strauch Elementary School (California)
Strauch Elementary School is a Title I school (serving kids in grades K - 5) committed to providing a high quality instructional program within a safe and orderly environment where all students will reach their maximum potential both socially and academically. They have a high diverse population of low-income students many of which never have the opportunity to see themselves represented in books.
Arizona (october 2018)
Arizona Helping Hands (Arizona)
Arizona Helping Hands assists foster families to provide a safe, loving environment for children in the Department of Child Safety system. Their programs are designed to provide many basic needs for these boys and girls.
Arizona Helping Hands was formed in 1998 by Paul (deceased) and Kathy Donaldson under a simple premise – “Do One Good Deed a Day and Don’t Take Credit for it.”
washington & oregon (october/november 2018)
Page Ahead (Washington)
Page Ahead is the leading provider of children's books and literacy services in Washington State, serving more than 850,000 children with 3 million new books since 1990.
They serve children, families and communities, with new books for children, literacy support for families, and reading resources for communities.
The Children’s Book Bank (Oregon)
The mission of The Children's Book Bank is to increase the chances for children to succeed as future readers, learners, and citizens by filling their homes and lives with quality books.
The Children’s Book Bank was created to fill that void by engaging the community in collecting, sorting, and distributing donated children’s books.
Since becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2008, The Children’s Book Bank has organized over 10,000 community volunteers to channel over 650,000 books into the hands and homes of over 50,000 children in need in the Portland area.
texas & maine (November/december 2018)
Founded as a grassroots organization in 1974, BookSpring has been providing a critical role in closing the early literacy gap ever since. They build early literacy in children and families through healthcare, education, and the community.
Right now they have an amazing initiative going on called 20 Books by 2020. Literacy research reports that having 20 or more books at home is a significant indicator of three more years of education for a child. Yet, a quarter of Central Texas families with children under 12 report having fewer than 20 books at home according to BookSpring’s recent benchmark study.
BookSpring envisions that every child in Central Texas will have at least 20 books at home by 2020.
East End Community School (Maine)
Mrs. Fream from East End Community School in Maine wants to give her students books that represent who they are and celebrate their diversity .
Students at the school come from varying backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. There are about 400 students in their school in grades Pre-K through grade 5. 77% of their students live at the poverty level. 42% of their students are English Language Learners. They have a 50% transiency rate.
Mrs. Fream hopes to instill in her students the love of reading by giving them access to multiple resources around literacy!
illinois & idaho (december 2018)
Mae Jemison School (Illinois)
Mae Jemison is a Title 1 PreK - 5 elementary school that is in need of new literature for their students. Many of their classroom libraries and teacher read alouds are dated and do not highlight a wide variety of diversity.
Mae Jemison School is dedicated to the belief that all students can become lifelong learners through a cohesive unit of staff, students, parents, and community interaction.
Future Public School (Idaho)
Future Public School believes that their current communities and systems are not designed for ALL kids to succeed. Their vision as a school is to develop engineers of the future and of our communities. Their aspiration is that through a focus on diversity, action, justice, and identity, that they can build empathy and stronger leaders for increasingly diverse state.
As a brand new public school (opened fall 2018) our donated books would help build their library and directly align with their school values. Future Public School wants their engineers to have as many windows and mirrors as possible - stories and characters that reflect their own life experience and stories and characters that expose and educate them on experiences and identities unlike theirs.
mississippi & alabama (december 2018)
Families First for Mississippi Mississippi (Mississippi)
Over the last five years, Families First for Mississippi has successfully served the State by providing Youth Development and Parenting/Life Skills services. These services are delivered by two community agencies: The Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and the Family Resource Center (FRC). MCEC and FRC have provided Families First for Mississippi services jointly for over 20 years. The program seeks to strengthen families of all backgrounds and life circumstances by providing youth development and parenting education through seminars, workshops, classes, and presentations. The program services are provided within schools, community centers, churches, and state agency offices.
I See Me, Inc. (Alabama)
The mission of the“I See Me, Inc.” is to dismantle the “School-to-Prison Pipeline” by increasing the literacy rates in children of color by engaging them in literature that reflects their culture and mirrors their image.
Their vision is to have every fourth-grade student of color reading at or beyond grade level.
north carolina & south carolina (december 2018)
Renaissance West STEAM Academy (North Carolina)
Currently in it’s second year, Renaissance West STEAM Academy is a Title I school with about 573 students; 80% African-American and 20% Hispanic.
Before the school was established, only 5 percent of 5th graders in the neighborhood were able to meet math standards. Today, they are outpacing their peers across the state. In 2012, 99% of students in grades 3–8 met or exceeded state standards in reading and language arts, and 98% in math.
The school serves as a community hub for The Renaissance and has an integrated focus on academics, health and family services, youth programs and community engagement.
Charleston Hope (South Carolina)
Charleston Hope is committed to working with local educators to create meaningful and sustainable support. They create programs and events that work to close the opportunity and achievement gaps found in local Title 1 schools. Charleston Hope also connects teachers and students to relationships, resources, and opportunities that center on building relationships.
Our donated books will be given to classrooms at Mitchell Elementary School.
virginia & new mexico (December 2018)
Rockledge Elementary School (Virginia)
The mission of Rockledge Elementary School is to support every student's learning, promote community involvement, and celebrate achievement.
Hillrise Elementary School (New Mexico)
Hillrise Elementary School is a K-5 Blue Ribbon Award Winning School with child-centered environment where students are individually challenged and nurtured. Students at Hillrise are engaged in active learning to develop their potential in order to invent a successful future as a caring and capable adult.
ohio & pennsylvania (December 2018)
Hough Reads (Ohio)
Hough Reads is Little Free Library Neighborhood, place-based literacy campaign, designed to unite a community around reading and improving literacy rates. They host at least one literacy-based event per book includes book giveaways to children and filling the Little Free Libraries in their community. Hough is one of Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods, yet they find a number of children who love to read. They want to always be able to provide them with books.
Tree House Books (Pennsylvania)
Tree House Books is on a mission to grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers in Philadelphia. Founded in 2005, our vision is to make sure that every child has access to books and every opportunity to fulfill their dreams and explore their passion.
They are a Giving Library and Literacy Center in North Philadelphia with a dual purpose: to provide free books to the community and spread knowledge and awareness. They also provide Out of School Time (OST) programs that increase literacy skills, and promote a lifelong love of reading and writing in children from their earliest moments, through high school, and beyond.
north dakota & south dakota (December 2018)
Viking Elementary School (North Dakota)
Viking Elementary is a Title I school. Some teachers don't have the resources to always buy books unless it is coming out of the teachers’ own packet.
Lowell Elementary (South Dakota)
Lowell values the uniqueness of each individual as an essential part of their diverse community. It serves children in grades Pre-K to grade 5. Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is higher than the South Dakota state average of 25%.
utah & michigan (December 2018)
Primary Children’s Foundation (Utah)
Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital (formerly Primary Children's Medical Center), is a 289-bed children's hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. It is owned by Intermountain Healthcare and operates in affiliation with the University of Utah School of Medicine. The hospital serves the states of Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, yielding an enormous geographic catchment area of approximately 400,000 square miles.
Little Lights Literature Co. (Michigan)
Little Lights Literature Co. wants to spread their message of literacy and faith. They believe that a single book can make a difference in a child’s life, and that collective action can greatly impact them. Through their book distribution program, community engagements and activities, Little Lights Literature Co. works each day to contribute their part to the greater good. Little Lights Literature Company is a company that loves Christ, Community, Family, and Children’s Literature. They strive to bring them all together one book at a time.
nevada & oklahoma (December 2018)
Agnes Risley Elementary School (Nevada)
The Washoe County School District provides each student the opportunity to achieve his or her potential through a superior education in a safe and challenging environment in order to develop responsible and productive citizens for our diverse and rapidly changing community.
Mocha Books (Oklahoma)
Inspired by a family of readers, the mission of Mocha Books is to first promote literacy and foster a love of reading in the home and in our community. They also dedicate their platform to culturally represented and diverse books.
Mocha Books offers new and used books for all ages, family friendly events, literacy resources, and more.
alaska & hawaii (december 2018)
Kegoayah Kozga Public Library (Alaska)
The Kegoayah Kozga Public Library is very remote. People in this town do not have a bookstore dedicated to selling books exclusively. They are thankful that their two grocery stores and a couple of gift stores have a limited selection of books. They cannot drive to Anchorage because there is no a road. They must fly one hour to Anchorage to have access to a full service book store. The library director is on a mission to promote early literacy and have a collection of the best multi-cultural books that she can find.
Kalihi Uka Elementary School (Hawaii)
Kalihi Uka Elementary School is a small school located in the heart of Kalihi Valley in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kalihi Uka's student population primarily comes from immigrant and low income families. The majority of incoming kindergarteners do not have preschool experience.
KUES strives to produce well-rounded, resilient, positive-natured students who are contributing members of society by focusing on their academic, emotional, and social needs.
kansas & new hampshire (january 2019)
Pawnee Elementary School (Kansas)
Pawnee is a Title I school and serves students in Kindergarten through sixth grade in Overland Park, Kansas. More than 450 students attend the elementary school. The goal of the 5th grade teacher who applied to receive the books has a goal of building lifelong readers and instilling joy for reading in her students. She wants them to value time with books and to see themselves reflected in the stories and characters they read.
Gay-Kimball Library (New Hampshire)
The mission of the Gay-Kimball Library is to meet the recreational and informational needs of the community in a creative, professional, and welcoming manner. The library offers diverse resources and provides a community meeting place for people of all ages.
vermont & louisiana (january 2019)
Black Boys Read NOLA (Louisiana)
Black Boys Read NOLA is a boys book club in New Orleans, Louisiana. Their goal is to inspire kids to read diverse books.
Richmond Elementary School (Vermont)
The school librarian at Richmond Elementary School had a keen interest in making sure the school library has a collection that meets the needs of every child. These needs are sometime seeing a mirror and sometimes seeing a window.
arkansas & colorado (february/MARCH 2019)
Spacious Skies Charter School (Colorado)
Spacious Skies is a project-based learning school in Colorado Springs. They guarantee each child a quality education by providing joyful and challenging learning experiences in a safe and caring environment.
AR Kids Read (Arkansas)
The mission of AR Kids Read is to improve the future of Arkansas children and families by advancing literacy education through community engagement and tutoring so that all children can read proficiently by the end of third grade.
wyoming & montana (APRIL 2019)
Russell Elementary School (Montana)
Over the past year, a third grade teacher at Russell Elementary School has been encouraged me to grow her classroom library with relevant and new books.
”I want to provide a wonderful place where student have many choices to choose from and can find books that provide doors and windows into themselves and others. I have moved back to Montana where the population of my students will not be very diverse; because of this it is my goal to share with my students stories with diverse characters. I especially want to provide diverse mentor texts to use when teaching reading and writing strategies.”
Raising Readers in Wyoming (Wyoming)
Raising Readers in Wyoming encourages parents to read to their young children by providing beautiful new books as part of the well child health care visits.Since 2002, more than 412,914 books have been distributed in all 23 Wyoming counties through our program.
minnesota & wisconsin (APRIL 2019)
Early Childhood Family Education Center (Minnesota)
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is based on the idea that parents provide their child's first and most significant learning environment and parents are children's first and most enduring teachers. ECFE works to support you as a parent/caregiver and to strengthen and empower families. The goal is to enhance the ability of all parents and other family members to provide the best possible environments for their child's learning and development.
Wisconsin Literacy (Wisconsin)
Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit coalition of 75 community-based literacy programs located throughout the state of Wisconsin. They have supported non-profit literacy programs with capacity-building services, funding, advocacy, and professional development services since 1985. Simply put, Wisconsin Literacy changes lives by strengthening literacy statewide.
missouri & indiana (MAY 2019)
Ready Readers (Missouri)
Each week, more than 500 men and women throughout St. Louis take time out of their routines to keep a weekly date — with a classroom full of preschoolers. Armed with a tote bag full of books and a passion for reading, our Ready Readers volunteers walk into a receptive audience of familiar young faces, all eager to know: “What stories will we hear today?” The same reader with the same class, week after week.
Through their weekly reading and gift book programs, through workshops and training for readers and teachers, and through literacy-themed events outside the classroom, Ready Readers helps children reap the rewards of literacy.
Indianapolis Urban League (Indiana)
The Indianapolis Urban League’s mission is to assist African-Americans, other minorities and disadvantaged individuals to achieve social and economic empowerment. They also provide job counseling, referrals and advocacy for equal employment opportunity for minorities, information and referral to other social services, housing counseling, dissemination of information regarding the special concerns of our community, and has been a leading “Bridge Builder” for improved race relations.
Our donated books will be used in their Rise & Read program.
kentucky & tennessee (MAY 2019)
The Nest (Kentucky)
The Nest provides a safe place for education, counseling, and support to children and families in crisis. Their programs focus on the prevention of physical and sexual abuse, neglect of children, and the stabilization of the family unit.
All of the books for this state were graciously donated by the publisher and illustrator for a children’s book entitled Come On, Calm!, a book modeling self soothing to imaginative little readers through sensory and breathing tasks. Their innovative book donation idea was to have guests attending their book pre-launch party bring new or gently used diverse children’s books and donate them on our behalf to The Nest.
Book’em creates a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children, from birth through high school, discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers.
Each year, they distribute tens of thousands of books and add a reading program in pre-schools, Ready for Reading. They also sponsor an annual Read Me Day, a special celebration of reading in one of the RIF schools its serves, to raise awareness of the importance of providing literary services to Nashville children.
maryland & iowa (MAY 2019)
Ready at Five (Maryland)
Ready at Five helps young children enter school with the skills needed to succeed.
By working at the state, local, and community levels, they increase knowledge and skills, raise awareness, and bolster statewide efforts to invest in the early years through:
Innovative programs and curricula
Parent/child activities and resources
United Way of Central Iowa (Iowa)
Since 1917, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together individuals and organizations from every corner of central Iowa to create and implement initiatives focused on producing real results in the areas of education, income and health.
They have several programs and initiatives like Read to Succeed. READ to SUCCEED is a community-wide awareness campaign to inspire community action to ensure that, by the end of 2020, 90 percent of central Iowa children read proficiently by the end of third grade.
washington d.c. & west virginia (MAY 2019)
Everybody Wins! (Washington D.C.)
Everybody Wins DC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives through shared reading experiences. The idea behind our mission is simple and straightforward, yet it brings about powerful change: by connecting a child with a caring adult over a book, everybody's lives get better - everybody wins!
Read Aloud West Virginia (West Virginia)
Read Aloud West Virginia's mission is to change the literacy culture of West Virginia by keeping reading material in the hands and on the minds of our state's children.
Motivation is the critical first step in developing any skill and Read Aloud works to motivate children to WANT to read. Their goal is to involve families, the medical community, businesses, civic groups and the society at large in cultivating a culture that places value on reading.