Bring literature and learning to life!
For too many children, books are a luxury. And it’s no coincidence that schools with the fewest books on the shelves have the highest percentage of students from low-income families, who have far lower proficiency levels in reading.
An Open Book Foundation addresses this profound disparity, bringing award-winning authors and illustrators into 120 schools and organizations in and around DC, from Head Start programs to high schools. Fun, interactive reading and writing workshops engage students in the art of storytelling, and each child receives a signed copy of the author's featured book to take home. Book collections are donated to school libraries and classrooms, as well. Whenever possible, AOB seeks out authors and illustrators who are role models: students meet and connect with talented adults who look like them, grew up nearby, or had similar childhood experiences – and are then inspired to read and write their own stories.
Since 2010, AOB has hosted more than 400 events and donated over 25,000 books to the schools and organizations most in need. You can help bring literature – and learning – to life.
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|Dara La Porte|
Founding & Executive Director
|3215 Morrison Street NW|
Washington, DC 20015
generous donation can help to provide...
An awesome graphic novel about Greek gods or little monsters
A whimsical picture book for a 1st grader
Books 1 and 2 in a wonderfully weird teen fantasy series
Dos libros en inglés y español for a bilingual 5th grade classroom library
Three thrilling mysteries that keep “checking out” from the school library
Six paperback romance or dystopian novels (YA teens love both!)
A set of books on issues such as race or freedom of speech to encourage debate
A set of award-winning books with shiny gold medals for the school and classroom libraries