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Mission: Our goal is to bring the joy and transformational power of books to all children—especially books they choose themselves and will love best.
Vision: We will captivate civically minded partners with the understanding that books and a rich reading life are the key to a healthier, stronger, and more joyful and productive life for us all. When all children have access to the joy and power of books that they, themselves, choose to read, not only is each child more likely to thrive but so, too, will our nation and the world beyond.

Our Programs

Our dedicated Book Buddies are volunteers who make a year-long commitment to read aloud to students, replenish classroom libraries and gift books to children to keep at home.

We help children choose their own books—working with a wide range of partners, non-profit, business, and government-based—that support our mission of uniting children, especially those in under-resourced communities, with the joy and power of books.

Book Cubbies house a child’s home library, inspiring pride of book ownership and helping to establish the child’s identity as a reader. Cubbies are often gifted in conjunction with our Bring Me A Book program where we bring groups of children and parents together for a joyful literacy celebration. Working together, the parent and child decorate and personalize the cubby.

The Speaker Appreciation program honors the guest speakers, who service organizations, such as Rotary Clubs, routinely invite to speak at their meetings. The service clubs order books from Bring Me A Book for children aged pre-school through third grade.

MVWSD Book Distribution Bring Me A Book and Kidango

FUNDED BY THE COMMUNITY

Donations from the local communities we serve are fed back into the community through area schools and partner organizations.

LINKED BY PARTNERS

By working with partner organizations, we reach children, parents and teachers more directly, allowing us to more efficiently accomplish our mission.

FUELED BY VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are the heart of our program staff, meaning a greater percentage of every dollar donated is passed on to the children in the form of books and reading programs.

WHAT WE DO

We bring books to children at school, home, and wherever children are served—such as Boys and Girls Clubs, medical clinics, and Birth to Three programs— through nonprofit partners who have well-established relationships with families.

Our partners direct the books to families and children who need them the most, while demonstrating how to use the books to help children discover the joy and power of reading—which, in turn, build foundational literacy skills.

We select and purchase the best children’s books at the best prices.

Bring Me A Book selects books recommended by experts in children’s literature and purchases them at deeply reduced prices.

We engage volunteers in order to minimize administrative costs.

Our Book Buddy volunteers read and gift books to classrooms and homes.

We direct our funds toward books.

We are able to direct the majority of our financial support toward the purchase of books for under-resourced families and schools because we are a volunteer-driven organization.
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MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT

Children who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out in later years.
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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.
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NOT PROFICIENT READERS

Two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders are not proficient readers according to National Reading Assessment data.

National Commission on Reading

  • "One of the most significant factors influencing a child's early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school."

OUR RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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