Books for Kids

New York, NY   |  www.booksforkids.org

Mission

The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life.

Ruling year info

1992

Principal Officer

Robin Adelson

Main address

1441 Broadway Suite 6008

New York, NY 10018 USA

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EIN

13-3539811

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

By the age of four, low-income children are on average 18 months developmentally behind their more affluent peers. One of the leading causes is lack of access to developmentally appropriate books and foundational early literacy skills. Studies have shown that 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children. In addition, 61% of low-income families have no children’s books at home. Those who start kindergarten already behind can face tremendous barriers to graduating high school and achieving academic success. The solution is early intervention during the most critical years of a child's development before the age of five. That's why Books for Kids builds a culture of reading for preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Story Time

Each day, our expert and credentialed Library Specialists lead Story Time in our libraries. Story Time is much more than simply reading a book out loud. Through engaging lesson plans that incorporate conversations, songs, rhymes, body movements, art, props, and costumes, stories jump off the page and come alive. The academic impact of Story Time is lasting and profound, creating a culture of reading and a lifelong love of books. It increases language and critical thinking skills, builds vocabulary and phonemic awareness, and strengthens social and emotional learning during the most crucial years of a child’s development.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Number of schools repaired or expanded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Story Time

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each year, we build and renovate children's libraries in under-resourced communities within preschools, community centers, Head Start programs, and homeless shelters.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to build a culture of reading for preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities. By providing access to brand new developmentally appropriate books in libraries, schools, and homes, we foster a lifelong love of reading and deliver the foundational early literacy skills that drive success in school and life.

Books for Kids provides developmentally and culturally appropriate books to libraries, teachers, and homes to foster a culture of reading for preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities. We offer three core programs: dynamic and interactive Story Times, Lending Libraries that reflect the communities they serve, and a Build a Home Library program that gives children at least 5 books annually to encourage family involvement.

Story Time is led each day by our credentialed Library Specialists. It is much more than simply reading books out loud. Through engaging lesson plans that incorporate conversations, songs, rhymes, body movements, art, props, and costumes, stories jump off the page and come alive. The academic impact of Story Time is lasting and profound. It increases language and critical thinking skills, builds vocabulary and phonemic awareness, and strengthens social and emotional learning.

We build our Lending Libraries in previously unused space of at least 250 square feet in a high-need preschools, early childhood education centers, Head Start programs, and homeless shelters. These previously blank or forgotten spaces are filled with colorful, print-rich décor and murals, and child-friendly furniture. Every library contains a core collection of approximately 1,000 books, ranging from current top-sellers to classic titles. We also continually update each collection with diverse and inclusive stories that are reflective of the communities they serve. Children can borrow book each week, and their overall return rate is over 90%.

Our Build a Home Library program gives five brand new developmentally appropriate books to every child our libraries serve each year. These home library collections encourage family involvement and ensure our children are surrounding by books in all of the places where they spend the majority of their time.

Books for Kids was founded in 1986, and we have been serving children in under-resourced communities ever since. We currently maintain over 45 libraries across the country that reach over 7,500 children each year. Our expert and credentialed Library Specialists engage our children each day while collaborating with parents and educators to foster a culture of reading.

Books for Kids maintains over 45 libraries across the country for preschool-aged children in under-resourced communities. These libraries were built in previously unused and forgotten spaces in preschools, community centers, Head Start programs, and homeless shelters. These libraries serve as resources for children, educators, and parents, and are essential tools for fostering a culture of reading. Our next goal is to build libraries in family shelters across New York City. During the ‘17-’18 school year, over 114,000 students in New York City schools—1 of every 10 students—experienced homelessness. Many were placed in shelters far from the schools where they are registered, making attendance difficult. Our libraries will ensure these children will have access to brand new developmentally appropriate books and foundational literacy programs led by our Library Specialists.

Financials

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Books for Kids

Board of directors
as of 11/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ron Sussman

Sussman Education

Adam Klein

Crestview Partners

Amanda Baldwin

Catterton Partners

Mary Athridge

Legg Mason

Christopher Berger

BlackRock

Selma Bueno

Morgan Stanley

Kay Fernandez

Konica Minolta

Steven Fuchs

The Minot Group LLC

Ronit Kalman

Amanda Hirsh

Suraj Sani

First Pioneer Properties Inc.

Alexander Shapses

Heritage Strategies LLC

Evangeline Shih

Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Graham Stephens

HFF

Rebecca Tramiel

Koru Distribution