About

Why We’re Here

At Book Trust, all our work revolves around a single, sad fact: There are thousands of children in America who would like nothing better than to read, but have no books.

It might seem surprising that so many kids in one of the wealthiest nations in the world can’t get their hands on a simple two-dollar book. But the picture is pretty stark – in low-income areas, there is just 1 book for every 300 children.

How We Work

We empower kids from low-income families to choose and buy their own books, all through the school year. And our focus on book choice and ownership is no accident. Studies show that children are much more likely to read books that they choose, and having books at home brings proven benefits. We’re all about helping kids build home libraries full of books they want to read, and helping teachers use those books in the classroom to build healthy habits of reading and learning.

Best of all, our approach really works. Over a school year, the percentage of Book Trust students reading at grade level jumps from 31 percent to 59 percent.

The Future

Each year, Book Trust grows and helps more students. Funded entirely by generous donations, this year we will deliver 1 million books to 57,000 kids in 21 states. That’s a big number, but there are always more children needing our support. And we will keep on working to reach greater numbers every year.

vision

At Book Trust, we imagine a world where literacy removes barriers and provides all children with the tools to navigate life successfully.

mission

We uniquely deliver choice and ownership of books to children from low-income communities, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.

values

  • Reading First
  • Relationships
  • Raise the Bar
  • Results

our history

The seeds for Book Trust were sown over twenty years ago. Our founder, Adrienne Schatz, wondered why some children in her elementary school in Fort Collins, Colorado didn’t buy books from Scholastic Reading Club flyer each month.

Eventually, she realized the truth: they couldn’t afford them. Committed to finding a way for children in her community to fall in love with reading as she had, Adrienne developed the idea for Book Trust.

Beginning in 2001, Adrienne piloted the Book Trust program with 170 students in Larimer County, Colorado, under the auspices of the Serimus Foundation. Book Trust was spun off as its own 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2006. Today, we serve more than 55,000 students in 21 states.

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Book Trust uniquely delivers choice and ownership of books to children from low-income families, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.

Our Staff

"I loved any and all Berenstain Bears and used to dream of living in a treehouse. Maybe that’s because I grew up in Oregon? :)”
Jessie Chase

Jessie Chase

Director of Programs

"My favorite books as a kid were the Berenstain Bears series.”

Nathan Gardner

Director of Finance

“One of my favorite childhood books was Rainbow Fish. I loved to touch all of the holographic scales."
Joie Ha

Joie Ha

Development Manager

“Oh man – there was literally nothing better than a brand new set of markers for the school year.”

Catherine Heatley

Teacher Helpdesk Specialist

"My favorite book was a Jurassic Park 'Choose Your Own Adventure'...even though most adventures ended being eaten by a velociraptor."

Derek Killebrew

Director of Individual Giving

"My favorite book as a child was If You Give a Mouse a Cookie."
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Tiffany Kuehner

President & CEO

“My favorite series as a kid was The Boxcar Children - I loved the adventure and mystery that always left me coming back for more!"
Katie Malone

Katie Malone

Marketing Manager

"My favorite book as a child was The Witches by Roald Dahl."

Katie McMillan

Hawai'i Director

“Growing up I loved to read Edward the Emu every night with my Dad!”

Lily Mellblom-Prosser

Development Coordinator

"Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Strawberry Girl by Lois Lensk, and The Dairy of a Young Girl by Anne Frank were a few of my favorites.”

Kellie O’Keefe

Chief Operating Officer

“I liked If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - the mouse kept asking for things & the boy continued to give. Made me have a lot of questions as a kid.”
Raquel Robertson

Raquel Robertson

Program Manager

"My favorite children’s book was The Giver, but I also loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Who can choose just one?!"

Tori Speere

Hawai'i Development Coordinator

National Board

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Ron Lowy

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Jim Curry

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Jeff Gold

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Jim Hackstaff

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Amy Kolczak

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Karen Mack

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Judy Newman (Advisor)

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David Perez

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Adrienne Schatz

Founder

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Cheryl Zimlich

Academic Advisory Board

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Nell Duke

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KaiLonnie Dunsmore

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Ernest Morrell

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Dr Ray Reutzel

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Regional Boards

Denver

Greg Bellomo

Chris Beisler

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Julio Da Silva

Deb Deverell

Shawn Johnson

Tim Keegan

Traci Kellner

Mark Landes

Luis Ponce Ruiz

Charlotte Pritchard

Tamika Pumphrey

Katelyn Roberts

Katica Roy

Karen Ryan

Kate Sneed

Jim Tanzillo

Rick Thomas

Debbie Ward

Northern Colorado

Scott Barber

Joanna Blasini

Mike Clark

Carol Cochran

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Angie Penland

Nicole Walusis

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January Asbury

Kristi Bendon

Tim Garcia

Shay Goodfellow

Shep Gordon

Ashley Takitani Leahey

Jill Schatz

New York City

Daniel Chu

Michael Del Mauro

Naomi Hochberg

Esther Kremer

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