Book Trust

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789 Sherman Street, Suite 300A, Denver, CO 80203 | Directions
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About Book Trust

Inspiring Kids' Passion for Reading

More than 20 years ago, a young Fort Collins student was distressed to realize that many of her classmates were unable to purchase books through the monthly Scholastic Book Club catalogs because their families didn’t have enough money. Years later, when the little girl had become an adult, she returned to Ft. Collins and began Book Trust to insure that all children would have the chance to choose and own their own books.

In 2001, Book Trust began operating as a pilot program under the fiscal sponsorship of the Serimus Foundation; this pilot project was able to reach 170 students across Fort Collins. By 2006, Book Trust had obtained independent nonprofit status. Today, Book Trust operates in ten states (California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington and West Virginia) and is able to reach more than 30,000 students. More than half of the students we serve (13,000 students) live in Colorado.

Our mission is to uniquely deliver choice and ownership of books to low-income children, inspiring a passion for reading, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning. Our organization firmly believes that by inspiring a passion for reading one child at a time, we will help to increase the number of children with strong literacy skills who are prepared to be successful in school and beyond.
Over 31 million children are living in low-income families in America. Research indicates that children living in middle-income communities, on average, own 13 books. Yet, more than half of the children living in low-income communities do not have any books in their homes. In fact, in areas of poverty, the ratio of books to children is one book per every 300 children.

According to Susan B. Neuman at the Center for Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at the University of Michigan, “Access to books and educational material is the single biggest barrier to literacy development in the United States and beyond. If we can solve the problem of access, we will be well on the road to realizing educational parity—a goal which has eluded the country for generations.”

Having few or no books in homes is one of the strongest indicators of poor literacy skills. Poor literacy skills are the most significant indicator of low academic achievement, and low academic achievement has become one of the most significant indicators of living in poverty.

Book Trust helps break this cycle of poverty and illiteracy by providing access, equity, and choice to students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to choose and own books. Studies prove that book choice and ownership inspires a child’s passion for reading and contributes to developing strong literacy skills and becoming life-long learners.