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.