Bring Me A Book: Southern California

BMAB Southern California provides resources, training and support for children, teachers, parents and guardians/caretakers living in at-risk communities. We promote guided literacy and learning activities, language and skill development. BMAB's professional development for teachers and staff expands and enhances parent engagement and bonding with their child. 

The Bring Me A Book Southern California strategy is straight-forward:  to implement a “One Neighborhood At A Time” saturation program that targets high need communities identified by the California First 5 Commission, First 5 LA, and LA Universal Preschool as communities with critical need for preschool, early learning, and parent resources.  BMAB Southern California also focuses on high-need elementary schools: Transition Kindergarten, Kindergarten and first through third grades. The program is both a community service in the Greater Southern California area and an expansion of the existing BMAB California program initiative. 

BMAB- Southern California provides the fundamental programs developed by BMAB - Bookcase Libraries, First Teachers and Take Home Books.  They also offer professional development and coaching for early childhood teachers, assistants and staff.

Southern California BMAB has had incredible success implementing BMAB programs. 

“The single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books…and being read to at home prior to beginning school ”
— National Commission on Reading

Between 2007 and 2015, Bring Me A Book SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA has:

  •  Provided 546 bookcase libraries to 546 classrooms in underserved classrooms serving at-risk children, thereby upgrading these classrooms to meet State & Federal literacy/resource access standards.
  • Exposed over 61,000 children to 17, 075 books that they would not have had, building background knowledge, vocabulary, shared family reading experiences and early literacy skills, and further, preparing them for kindergarten learning, an important step in meeting third grade level reading proficiencies.  
  • Since 2012, provided 175, 30-week Take Home Book Program sets to classrooms, including 43 sets to the home visiting teachers in all of the L.A. County Office of Education Early Head Start Delegate Agencies, 115 sets for Transition Kindergarten in LAUSD classrooms totaling access to 13,240 books with guided activities and prompts for parents and children to share at home, impacting 9,930 children and adults participating in the Take Home Book Program.  So far, 91 additional sets of 30 Take Home Book sets of thirty bags have been ordered to begin the 2015-2016 school year)

Donors who generously support Bring Me A Book: Southern California


Liberty Tax Foundation/Una Familia Sin Fronteras Foundation

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Swain Barber Foundation

Target Corporate Foundation

Adam's Legacy Foundation

California Community Foundation

Earl and Loraine Miller Foundation

John W. Carson Foundation

Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation


Los Angeles Universal Preschool 

Safeway/Vons Foundation and Vons Employees

Solid Surfaces 

Walmart El Monte

AES Corporation

Edison International

Employee Community Fund Boeing California 

First Book 


Ethel Severson

Judy Koch

Linda Kimberly and Kent Huber

Donna and Robert Bergman

Anonymous Funder 

Beverly and William O’Neill

Diane Jacobus



Our 2015 Community Program Partners

ABC Unified School District

Baldwin Park Early Head Start

Bellflower Unified School District

California State University Dominguez Hills 

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

Community Development, Inc., Friendship Academy, Wilmington and Torrance

Comprehensive Child Development 

First5 LA, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP)

Greater Long Beach YMCA Early Childhood Education 

Hawthorne Unified School District

Lawndale School District

Lennox School District

Long Beach Unified School District

Long Beach Unified School District Head Start and Early Head Start

Long Beach Unified School District Special Needs Total Learning Center

Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE)

Los Angeles Unified School District (115 Transition Kindergarten Classrooms)

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Montebello USD Pregnant Teen Program-all four high school programs


Para Los Niños Early Childhood and 11 new Head Start sites


Paramount School District

Plaza de la Raza Early Head Start

Pomona Early Head Start

Preschool Without Walls/South Bay Counseling Center 

Redondo Beach Unified School District

Safe Long Beach/U.S. Department of Justice,

The Castle/Moneta

Un Mundo de Amigos

Volunteers of America Early Head Start

Young Horizons, Long Beach

Please fill out this form if you are interested in finding out more about programs in Southern California.