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BOOK FAIRIES INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

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. Over 1 million books have been distributed to date.

Target demographics: children and adults living in local under-served communities

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

Geographic areas served: Long Island and Metropolitan New York City

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

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jane E.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an AMAZING organization with a mission to promote literacy, foster a love of reading, and improve lives throughout the metropolitan area, as well as globally. The Book Fairies collects donations of new and used children's and adult books and distributes them via numerous programs to underserved areas. The brand new children's books go to free book fairs in local schools where children who typically would not be able to buy their own books can choose two free, high interest books to take home and keep. The expression on the children's faces at these book fairs says it all! Gently used books are offered at monthly community book fairs to teachers in high needs school districts, who can come to The Book Fairies warehouse and select as many as they want for their classrooms. Donated books that are gently used are also shared with shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, and an overseas literacy partnerships. Best of all, this occurs through the work of volunteers, including interested community members, businesses, teachers, corporate volunteer groups, and a partnership with special needs adults who then have the opportunity to give back to the community. In fact, over 2 million books have been distributed since 2012! Initially, I volunteered because The Book Fairies' mission matched my own as an educator and, quite frankly, because their volunteers do not have to commit to any specific schedule. Volunteers are doing meaningful work any time they might be available, and no special skills or time commitment are required. Interested adults can just show up at the warehouse in Freeport between 10 and 2 any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or for community service hours with family members on monthly Sunday community book sorting days, receive 10 minutes of training, and then participate in sorting books by type such as baby books, picture books, children's chapter books, adult books, etc. But after my first day as a volunteer and seeing all the ways The Book Fairies promotes literacy, I was totally hooked, and now make it a regular part of my life. Volunteers and donations of books and/or money are always welcome! thebookfairies.org

Donor

Rating: 5

This Not For Profit truly is building the road to literacy! One Book At A Time! So impressed that they are giving so much to so many in need!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am fortunate enough to have had first hand experience to see how this wonderful organization operates. I am an avid reader and I know how important reading is to everyone...especially children. The ways that children interact with and use books contributes to academic success and overall development. Reading books can help children to excel in school and increase their curiosity in literacy. Book Fairies is changing children’s lives in an incredible way each and every day!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Book Fairies is an incredible organization that is providing books to people in need.
Reading is the great escape and a huge motivator. Books expands the mind.
I have donated books and money this year. Planning a book drive in my office for the holidays. Hope to raise awareness, funds and books for the Book Fairies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a NYC school teacher it is a gift to be given books for my classroom. This year I created baggies for each child to take home to enjoy and start their own libraries. Thanks book fairies, you have made a big difference in so many lives.
Thank You,
Michelle Lau

1 Ceci E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Book Fairies has helped my kids improve their reading comprehension skills for more than two years. Through a variety of texts, literary and informational, my immigrants students have been exposed to the immense value of reading. For example, last year they created informational books of the topic they liked the most (Educating Powerful Writers Curriculum). If i would not have had the books I picked from Book Fairies, "my kids" could not have made their research.
THANK YOU BF!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Book Fairies is a nonprofit that will change the world, one book at a time. Children are given the opportunity to love reading and learning through the book donations. Almost 2 million books donated, pretty spectacular!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first heard about The Book Fairies I was excited for the opportunity to restock my class library with new titles for my students. What I discovered was an amazing group of people who were dedicated to getting as many engaging books into children’s hands in order to increase literacy success. The volunteers were so helpful, looking for titles and genres to help you find what you were looking for. I went hoping to restock a library and left with enough books to create packages of books to kick off summer reading celebrations for the whole first grade. It was wonderful to see how excited the children were to take home their books! Having appropriate books in students’ hands over the summer is a fabulous way to keep skills sharp!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do a wonderful job of giving books to children with low access to them. Volunteer experience is also very organized and positive in sorting books by age category.

Steven L.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Working in school with a high poverty level is a great challenge. Amy and The Book Fairies have worked wonders in the past providing our needy students with new and gently used books that they cherish. When a student repeatedly asks, "Can I keep it?" - you know you have accomplished something wonderful! Not only have they provided books for our children they have even come in to read to our students for "Read Across America"! I love this organization and I am thrilled to give them the KUDOS that they deserve! On behalf of our students and myself - Thank you again!!!!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I started working at The Book Fairies 4 months ago and I am beyond amazed at the impact this small but mighty organization has on those we serve and the community at large. Taking in and processing over 80,000 books and distributing over 50,000 on average a month to those in need. Great partnerships with our Special Needs organizations and innovative collaborations such as with PS 115, in Brooklyn when we filled this brand new book vending machine. It's the ONLY one in New York City. Students earn special book coins by doing extraordinary acts of kindness."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Book Fairies is an amazing organization in our community! I have been volunteering at the warehouse sorting books for a few years now. Amy has endless energy and drive that rubs off on volunteers like me and keeps us coming back. With 3 children of my own, I believe strongly in the power of books and reading from a young age. Book Fairies brings this experience to underserved children and schools and is an extraordinary asset to our Long Island community.

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!