THE CHILDRENS BOOK BANK

Portland, OR   |  www.childrensbookbank.org
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Mission

In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books to children is one book for every 300 children, far below the ratio of 13 books per child in middle- and upper-income neighborhoods (Handbook of Early Literacy Research 2006). The Children's Book Bank envisions a society in which all children, regardless of means, are surrounded by and experience books during their early years of development. Our mission is to increase the chances for children to succeed as future readers, learners, and citizens by filling their homes and lives with quality books.

Our organizational goals are:
• Close the book gap for children living in poverty by providing free collections of books
• Improve kindergarten readiness and support literacy development by partnering with existing early education programs to provide books at critical stages of development
• Engage the greater community in the collection, repair, bundling, and distribution of new and used children's books
• Raise awareness of the learning challenges created by lack of books in the home in support of the greater effort to improve literacy

Ruling year info

2008

Interim Executive Director

Rachel Sample

Main address

1915 NE 7th Avenue

Portland, OR 97212 USA

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EIN

26-1600475

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

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Building Home Libraries

The Children’s Book Bank aims to make reading materials available to children and their families outside of school. For preschool children, who only attend part time, this includes the majority of the day; for older children, this includes summer, when lack of access to books contributes to “summer slide” (the decline in reading skills when school is out).

To ensure that the books we collect reach those most in need, and to leverage the impact of our proven literacy partners, The Children’s Book Bank works with schools, clinics, and other agencies that teach literacy skills to low-income children and families. Our program targets include:
• Birth to 3: providing baby books through the Reach Out and Read program, in which community-clinic physicians educate parents about language development and prescribe a daily dose of reading aloud.
• Age 3-5: providing a personal collection of picture books to encourage bedtime reading.
• K/Grade 1: providing early reader books for the home to supplement reading instruction efforts at select Title 1 schools.
• Gr. 2-8: providing chapter books in June to help lessen summer learning loss.

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THE CHILDRENS BOOK BANK

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Allyson Yoshiwara


Board co-chair

Beth Daniels

The Standard Insurance Group