Equity and Social Justice

Book access, reading agency, identity, and choice are equity in action and are the key to avid reading.

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Imagination and Innovation

Innovation begins with imagination. Unlock the power of the imagination through reading—now more than ever we need creative thinkers.

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Empathy and Civic Engagement

Avid readers are more likely to become civically engaged citizens who care about each other, our nation, and the world, and who are better prepared to improve conditions for us all.

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WHO WE ARE

We bring books to children at school, home, and wherever children are served.

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WHAT WE DO

We invite children to choose the books they love best and will want to read.

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HOW WE DO IT

We work with community partners—government, nonprofit, NGOs, and individuals.

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The virtuous circle of support

We aim to encircle our children with a Virtuous Cycle of Support.  By drawing in a wide coalition of community partners—all committed to bringing the joy and transformational power of books to children in under-sourced communities—we create a chain of events in which one desirable occurrence leads to another resulting in a continuous flow of book abundance. Ultimately, an ecosystem of community partners, resources, and support strengthens, enrichens, and sustains the flow.

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MEET OUR LITERACY CHAMPIONS

Meet our esteemed Literacy Champions through a Life-Changer essay or their Literacy Advocacy Toolkits.

Nawal Qarooni Casiano

Teaching With Love & Respect for Every Child’s Humanity

Cecilia Espinosa

A Powerful Model for Emergent Bilinguals

Laura Ascenzi-Moreno

A Powerful Model for Emergent Bilinguals

LaQuita Outlaw

Literacy Lifting

Molly Ness

Ending Book Deserts

Eric Litwin

The Power of Joyful Reading

Tonya Leslie

The Power of Story

Lynsey Burkins

Incidental Diversity

Pam Allyn

Every Child a Super Reader

Penny Kittle

The Power of the Classroom Library

Mission & Vision

Our goal is to bring the joy and transformational power of books to all children—especially the books they choose and come to love. We seek civically minded partners who understand that a rich reading life is the key to a healthier, stronger, and more fulfilling life for us all. When all children have access to books that they, themselves, select to read, not only are those children more likely to thrive, but so, too, is our nation and the world beyond.

LITERACY AWARDS LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The Library of Congress Best Practice Literacy Award, originated by entrepreneur and philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein, honors organizations doing exemplary, innovative, and replicable work to promote literacy across the states and around the world. Bring Me A Book is honored to share in receiving this award. We are grateful to our wonderful Board and to our generous supporters, partners, and Literacy Champions who dedicate their time, energy, and expertise to the children and families we serve.

BECAUSE OF OUR PARTNERS, WE’RE BRINGING MORE BOOKS TO MORE KIDS.

BOOK SCARCITY:
THE CHALLENGE WE FACE

32.4

MILLION


American children go without access to books.

1:300

RATIO OF BOOKS TO CHILDREN


There is a ratio of one book for every 300 children in low-income neighborhoods compared to a ratio of 13:1 in middle-income neighborhoods.

20

MINUTES


of pleasure reading a day exposes kids to 1.8 million words during each school year. That exposure to vocabulary has the potential to boost a child’s standardized test performance into the 90th percentile among all test takers.

credit Randi Weingarten; cited on End Book Deserts