Spreading the joy of children’s literature

Judy Koch passionately believes in the power of children’s literature to spark lifelong reading habits and change lives —particularly for children in poverty. As a retired CEO, she’s in a position to do something about it. Koch’s Bring Me a Book Foundation, a nonprofit the Leland Manor resident founded nearly 25 years ago, has placed hundreds of thousands of books — in English and Spanish — in low-income preschool and elementary classrooms throughout the Bay Area. The foundation also has given tens of thousands of books directly to children to take home — along with child-sized “book cubbies” — to start their own personal libraries.

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