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Our Approach

At Books for Keeps, we want to help build communities that view literacy as a human right belonging to all people. We believe this starts with expanding book access, but it doesn't stop there. 

Why Literacy?

With only 35% of 4th graders reading proficiently nation-wide, we believe that organizations like Books for Keeps can help meet an urgent need with a lasting impact.

How It Works

At Books for Keeps, we know that literacy-rich environments start with access to great books. And we know that the story doesn't end there.

Our Books

With an emphasis on book choice and pride of ownership (getting to take home books “for keeps”), BFK provides over 200,000 books annually to readers of all ages. 

Program Partners

We partner with schools, businesses, and community organizers to provide book access and literacy resources to children across our community and beyond.

Our Results

Book access matters, and we have consistently seen its impact across the communities we serve. Elementary students receiving books through our book access programs gain an average of 1 to 2 months of reading achievement each summer and gain 10-20% more levels in reading than their peers not in the program. Distributing high-interest, age-appropriate books is critical in building literacy-rich environments for all and serves as a first step towards developing the literacy landscapes of the communities we serve. 

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