Since our foundation in 2012, our mission has been to get books into the hands of children who may not have access to them in Houston. Throughout the year, we collect new and gently-used books, sort them, and prepare them for distribution to children in the Houston community.
We primarily distribute books through our school partners program where we partner with local elementary schools or early childhood centers to hold book celebrations. At each celebration, every child gets to select six books to take home and keep. In our lifetime, we have given away over 1.7 million books to partner schools and early childhood centers in Houston through our book celebration program.
Our community partners program allows us to partner with organizations providing literacy programming or family engagement activities to children and families in Harris County. During the 2018-2019 school year, we distributed over 27,000 books through this program which helped build the at-home libraries for the children those agencies serve.
Books Between Kids is a local program affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library serving children in the 77009, 77011, 77012, 77017, 77020, 77022, 77029 and 77087 zip codes in Houston, TX. Every month the Imagination Library sends a book directly to the homes of children from birth to age 5.