What is Books Between Kids?

Books Between Kids is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 to serve Houston’s at-risk children by providing them with books to build their own home libraries.
About 85% of Houston ISD’s elementary-aged children live at or below the poverty line. Priorities for these children and their families are food, clothing and shelter – all other items fall into the category of “want”. Research has shown that children growing up in homes without books, where books are considered a luxury, are less likely to complete a basic education than their peers who do have books available at home

Once books have been donated to Books Between Kids, they are sorted into categories, counted and boxed. Additional elementary schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students are selected based on the number of donated books for that year. In May, the books are delivered to the selected schools where children are able to attend a book selection fair and choose 6 books of interest to them. These books are for the children to own and take home, thus building their own personal library.

Why they are Awesome

  • Distributed 1,318,830 books to kids since 2013.

  • A recent study shows that while in middle income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Books Between Kids is changing that stat.

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