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AUSTIN

Our mission is to promote literacy in Central Texas by providing books to disadvantaged youth.

THE NEED

We know that disadvantaged children have a lack of access to books in their homes and as a result are significantly behind their peers academically.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Our aim is to help students who have limited access to books at home get introduced to the joy of reading and improve their reading skills.

Book Fair at Whole Foods

OUR METHOD

 

We partner with Title I public schools to provide FREE books at campus book fairs for students to take home. Each student gets to pick one new or like new book to add to their home library. The key here is choice. The students get to choose the book for themselves based on their interests and reading level.

We also provide books to children in foster care.

 

See our results: Austin Impact Report

Current partners include:  

  • Title I public schools in the Central Texas region
    (multiple Austin Achieve schools, Cedars International Academy, multiple KIPP schools, and IDEA Round Rock Tech Academy)

  • Central Texas Table of Grace (emergency placement center for foster care youth);

  • Austin Angels (supporting foster families);

  • Learning Bridge (connecting tutors to students in foster care); 

  • the Texas Baptist Children’s Home (serving single moms and their families); 

  • Austin Sunshine Camp;

  • Isaiah 117 House;

  • Counseling Centers at the Texas Baptist Children’s Home and STARRY;

  • Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services; and

  • Fostering Hope (Training Conference for Foster Parents)

TO DATE, BOOK DRIVE FOR KIDS AUSTIN HAS

BOOKS GIVEN

22,192

TOTAL BOOKS GIVEN

12,703

SCHOOL BOOK FAIRS

4251

TITLE I - SCHOOL LIBRARY

1258

HOME LIBRARIES

SERVED

10,053

TOTAL CHILDREN SERVED

1,451

CHILDREN in FOSTER CARE

7227

STUDENTS at TITLE 1 SCHOOLS

475

AT-RISK STUDENTS

AT

48

EVENTS

 

GET INVOLVED

We are currently in need of the following:

  • New or gently used books
  • Cash donations to buy books in volume
  • In-demand books purchased off our Amazon Wish List
  • Usborne or Home Depot boxes
  • Handmade bookmarks
  • Companies willing to be a book donation site
  • Volunteers to work at book fairs

If you have books to donate in Austin, please reach out to Brooke at [email protected] to arrange a drop off or book pick up.