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BOOK FAIRIES INC

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Humanities

Mission: The Book Fairies is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The reading materials foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles, and nurture a love of reading across age groups.

Results: Since 2012, The Book Fairies has helped increase the literacy rates across metropolitan New York by providing free books to classrooms and community outreach programs. Close to half a million books have been distributed to date.

Target demographics: children and adults living in poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of people in need by donating close to a half million free books.

Geographic areas served: metropolitan New York

Programs: free reading materials and literacy programs to combat the high rates of illiteracy in our area.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I truly admire everything The Book Fairies is doing for the community. I have been working with Amy and the others for almost two years now and find myself continually impressed. In fact, I met The Book Fairies through one organization and have introduced Amy to another organization I am involved with. It's kind of like you want everyone you know to become part of The Book Fairies team. I do book collections and also assist at the free book fairs The Book Fairies does in schools.
I believe that this nonprofit is an essential link between the "haves and the have nots."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with The Book Fairies during one of their monthly Book Fairs for educators in high need areas was a simply an incredible experience. Watching educators make their selections and hearing their sentiments of gratitude to The Book Fairies as well as their excitement in the thought of sharing their “great literary finds” with their students and their families was heartwarming to say the least.
Several educators spoke about the importance of literacy and the immeasurable value The Book Fairies have contributed to their classrooms and ultimately the communities they serve. To say The Book Fairies mission and work is extraordinary would be an understatement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with The Book Fairies for over a year and am still amazed by how much good this organization does and how it is improving the lives of children and adults in communities throughout Long Island and the NYC area. I have participated in several book fairs and to see the excitement from the students as the select their books is so much fun. Amy and the Book Fairies serves a vitally important role in promoting the importance of actual books in this age of technology and digital devices, expanding the curiousity of students and sharing the joy of reading.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special education teacher in a high poverty district. The Book Fairies have helped me build my classroom library, allow students to book shop from a variety of titles and many different genres, and we were able to send many high interest books home with the students to start their own libraries. It's incredibly rewarding to see children engrossed in books they are interested in! Thank you Book Fairies for all you've done for my students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amy and the Book Fairies helped to organize and run a COMPLETELY FREE book fair for the school I volunteer in. Every child in this underprivileged school received two free books and a book mark. They couldn't believe the books were actually theirs to keep. Their smiles and excitement still warm my heart. I love being a part of the magic that happens( thanks to The Book Fairies) when you place a book in a child's hands.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By donating my time, energy and skills as a Volunteer at The Book Fairies I feel so uplifted and have a sense of making a difference in the lives of others.
I have seen the appreciation that Teachers and institutions have for The Book Fairies and how this charity can help them fight Literacy and get books into the hands of children who otherwise would not have that opportunity.
I am proud to be associated with this organization .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with the Book Fairies is far more rewarding than I had anticipated. So many of us take for granted what we think of as "small" things, but a new book to a child that previously never owned one is a precious gift. Seeing a child's eyes light up when she understands that this is now "her" book to take home never gets old.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a special education teacher in an incredibly high needs district. Through the Book Fairies I have been able to help build my classroom library, allow students to book shop, and send over 30+ books each home with my students this year to build their home library. Often times I was buying books for an average of $10.00 a book and spending over $1,000.00 a year and still not being able to allow such incredibly opportunities for my students. I love seeing their faces when they get a new book and their excitement about becoming readers and writers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an elementary school teacher, but currently taking a break from the classroom. I was looking for a volunteer experience that somehow still connected me with children and literature. Even though I do not work directly with children, I know that my help with The Book Fairies has a lasting effect on children all over New York. Amy has put so much time, effort, and love into this endeavor and it has been very exciting watching it grow! This organization that works so hard to get books into the hands of young children, building a literate future for our country.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Where else would we have had the opportunity to choose over 700 books to put into the hands of our children at Gardiner Manor for summer reading. This organization has afforded of the privilege of ensuring that each student can select a book in our 'SUMMER READING GIVEAWAY' on the last days of school.
This has been so inspiring to us as educators in a high poverty school always trying to encourage our students to read!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have benefitted from the work done by the Book Fairies in a number of ways. To start, they delivered boxes upon boxes of books to my school. These books supplemented my library immensely. My library now varies in genre as well as difficulty. Next, I had the opportunity to visit the warehouse and select hundreds of books for my classroom. The titles were current and the condition amazing! I felt guilty leaving the warehouse with so many books. I also received 15 school dictionaries to use in the writing section of my classroom. Perhaps the greatest gift I received from the Book Fairies was on March 10, 2017. On this day the Book Fairies hosted a FREE Book Fair at my school. Each of the 1,200 students in grades 1 - 5 received two free books! The books were beautiful, current and of high interest. The Book Fairies brought an additional 300 books, so the last groups of students also had a wide selection of books to choose from. This was an absolutely amazing experience for the students and staff as well. In addition to supplying the books the Book Fairies also brought volunteers to work the book fair. My school received the gift of reading as a result of the dedication of those involved in this nonprofit organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My program works with special needs preschool children in Queens, NY. Our parents and families are very invested in their children's education, especially their communication skills. Although a large percentage of the families receive public assistance services, they strive hard to provide appropriate learning toys for their children. Books play an important role in their seeking to enrich their children's growth. Parents' attendance at our workshops where we emphasize the importance of daily reading to children is always well attended. A recent parent workshop with a local children's librarian was an exciting experience for my families.

The books that I secured from Book Fairies will be so well used!! Some will be added to classroom libraries; others will be designated for a Parent Lending Library with suggestions given to the parents about reading the books to their developmentally delayed children in a manner that will maintain interest.

Your organization is a blessing to so many schools, teachers and children as they benefit from the opportunity to explore so many books.

I hope to return in the spring for more selections! Thank you for all that you do.

Linda470

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at The Book Fairies for about 6 months and I'm amazed at how much is accomplished. Amy and Alyssa have found many people and organizations that contribute books and Amy's ideas for distributing them keep evolving. There are several programs in place to get books out to the children that will love them. I have been to the book fairs for teachers and they truly appreciate the organization and the opportunity to pick out books for their students.