Mission: Books for keeps works to improve children's reading achievement by addressing barriers related to the accessibility and appeal of reading material. The organization gives books to children whose reading opportunities outside of school might be otherwise limited due to income, geography, or other factors.
Results: Books for Keeps has given away more than 260,000 books to children in Georgia through a research-based program. We are evaluating the impact of our efforts, too, and have initial data to show that our program is moving the needle, actually helping increase the numbers of children reading on or above grade level after just a single summer of books from our program.
Target demographics: Placing books in the hands of children who might otherwise own none.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,300 students in 11 elementary schools
Geographic areas served: Georgia
Programs: In 2016, Books for Keeps gave away 50,000 books to children in Georgia. Since its inception in 2009, the organization has given away more than 260,000 books. The goal: to stop the summertime learning loss that is all too common among children from low-income families. We give books away in the schools, inviting children to choose and take home 12 free books each from among new and like-new, high-interest titles.
I have been volunteering with Books for Keeps for a year now. I can tell you this is a very well-run and exciting charity. They do so much good in our community, especially with students who are not used to having brand new books of their own at home. The kids get so excited at the annual book give-away. A lot of hard work all year goes into it and I am very proud to be a part of such a good cause. I've helped behind the scene at the warehouse, and with the actual give-away at the schools, so I've seen the big picture of background work and joyful excitement of the kids at the end. I believe it helps keep these kids reading all summer.