Organizations I Support
Illiteracy rates are high in many African countries, where books can be hard to come by. African Library Project is a nonprofit/NGO that coordinates book drives in the United States to deliver gently used books to kids in African villages, schools and libraries.
Started in Ohio, Books 4 Buddies, or B4B, is a campaign devoted to encouraging literacy and providing free and fun reading material to young people, especially boys.
Every Child a Reader is an American nonprofit/NGO dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. Its national programs include Children’s Book Week, the Children’s Choice Book Awards, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Program.
First Book is a dynamic nonprofit/NGO that works with publishers to provide new, high-quality books and educational materials to children in need. Founded in 1992 and based in Washington, D.C., the highly regarded organization has distributed more than 120 million works to kids in the United States and Canada.
"First Book Partners with White House, Libraries and Publishers on Groundbreaking Effort to Bring Thousands of E-books to Children in Need," First Book press release, April 30, 2015.
"Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy by Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them," by Lynn Neary, NPR Books, Dec. 29, 2014.
Kids deserve the chance to be exposed to a range of ideas—and the books and magazines that deliver them. That’s why I support the Kids' Right to Read Project and its defense of free expression. KRRP helps students, parents, teachers and librarians fight book challenges around the United States.
Through innovative libraries and educational programs, Libraries Without Borders seeks to bring literacy, education and information to some of the world's most vulnerable.
LitWorld is a nonprofit/NGO headquartered in New York City with an international scope. The organization aims to improve literacy rates and cultivate creativity among children around the world using books, magazines, technology and oral traditions.
Living Paintings is a unique UK-based nonprofit/NGO founded in 1989 with the goal of bringing art to blind and partially sighted children and adults. The volunteer-based group publishes a range of "Touch to See" books, which include illuminating tactile pictures and audio descriptions, and lends them via their online library. The books include popular titles by top publishers, authors and illustrators.
"Painting pictures in the mind's eye: books for blind and partially sighted children," by Nina Hathway, Day Nurseries, July 7, 2015.
Parent-Child Home Program provides under-resourced families the tools and skills needed to help kids thrive in school. Research, they say, has shown that increasing parent-child interaction can boost a child's academic performance.
Pencils of Promise seeks to increase literacy rates in impoverished areas of the world by building schools and providing quality educational programming.
Reach Out and Read is nonprofit/NGO in the United States encouraging pediatricians, nurses and medical providers to integrate children’s books and provide messages to caregivers about the importance of reading to children.
"Bedtime Stories for Young Brains," by Perri Klass, M.D., New York Times Well, Aug. 17, 2015.
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a large nonprofit/NGO headquartered in Washington, D.C., works to bring books to young children in the United States, igniting imaginations and helping to inspire a lifelong love of learning.
"The Gift of Reading," by Frank Bruni, New York Times, Nov. 25, 2015.
"Reading Is Fundamental Combats Summer Slide," by Jessica Lahey, New York Times, May 13, 2015.
Reading to Kids is a nonprofit/NGO based in Los Angeles dedicated to sharing the joy of reading with underserved kids, enriching them with words, artwork and stories and inspiring them for future success.
Room to Read works to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children in developing countries and to support girls in completing their secondary school studies.
We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization advocating for publishers to produce and promote literature that celebrates diversity and reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
Based in San Francisco, Worldreader is a nonprofit/NGO championing digital reading in underserved communities internationally to help improve access to reading materials.