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.

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 1.6 million books to 53,000 kids in 22 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.

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

Leadership Team

"No resolutions for me. I prefer daily goals & have learned to embrace the idea that sometimes I will meet them & sometimes not. Both are ok!"

Amy Friedman

President & CEO

"Learn from the past, prepare for the future, but always LIVE in the present!"
Donna Frost

Donna Frost

VP of Finance & Operations

"When I was 20 years old, I resolved to Be Brave. And I was. It took me 33 years to Be Brave again; it bears repeating for 2018!"
Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell

VP of Development

"One and only one resolution: Finish what you start."
Anne Tengler

Anne Tengler

VP of Marketing

"I use the New Year to re-commit to resolutions: be open to new experiences, take more walks and try to be present in the moment."
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Erika Weiss

VP of Program

Our Staff

"The new year always makes me want to simplify things in life. I find myself repeating this cycle each January after the holidays settle down."
Jessie Chase

Jessie Chase

Director of Professional Development

"I like the idea of filling an empty jar with notes about good things that happen throughout the year and then reading them on NYE."
Marlo Goff

Marlo Goff

Office Manager/Executive Assistant to the CEO

"Consume more water, joyful music, and life-enriching books."
Shay Goodfellow

Shay Goodfellow

Hawaii Director

"As my husband can attest, I have been resolving to taking guitar lessons for 10 years."
Tiffany Grady

Tiffany Grady

Associate Director

"I don’t make resolutions, but as a kid I remember promising myself I would never curse. I think 10-year-old me would be disappointed…oops."
Joie Ha

Joie Ha

Donor Data and Analytics Manager

"I’ve never been big into making New Year’s resolutions, but I resolve to change that for next year."

Jason Heinz

Data Analyst

"I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, because I’m sure I won’t keep them, however, this year I made one, so we’ll see if I can stick to it."
Angela_Leal

Angela Leal

Accounting Assistant

“Live in the present and embrace new experiences."
Katie Malone

Katie Malone

Marketing Associate

"This year I will call the people I love more frequently."
Kristine McAuliff

Kristine McAuliff

Associate Director

"Every year I make the same two resolutions- drink more water & spend more time outside."

Lily Mellblom-Prosser

Development Coordinator

"I've never been one for resolutions, but I do take time to reflect about who I was last year & who I want to be. This year I want to be brave."

Ellyn Mortimer

Hawaii Associate Director of Philanthropy

"In 2017, I told myself I was going to travel and it was the year of travel! I would repeat, but this time to new destinations."
Raquel Robertson

Raquel Robertson

Program Manager

"This year, I’m keeping it simple – more vegetables, more time with loved ones, and more time outside."
Katherine Williford

Katherine Williford

Associate Director, Foundation Partnerships

National Board

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Ron Lowy

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James Pérez Foster

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Jeff Gold

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Jim Hackstaff

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Amy Kolczak

Board Chair

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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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Ryta Sondergard

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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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Linda Gambrell

Linda Gambrell

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Ernest Morrell

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Dr Ray Reutzel

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Regional Boards

Denver

Greg Bellomo

Chris Beisler

Board Chair

Catherine Burge

Caroline Czirr

Shawn Johnson

Jon Kalstein

Tim Keegan

Traci Kellner

Charlotte Pritchard

Tamika Pumphrey

Katelyn Roberts

Katica Roy

Kate Sneed

Rick Thomas

Mike Wade

Debbie Ward

Northern Colorado

Kate Baker

Chris Baker

Joanna Blasini

Carol Cochran

Stacie Datteri

John Hintzman

Michele Marquitz

Board Chair

Mary Pat McCurdie

Angie Penland

Christy Ricks

Erin Whittington

Maui

Susan Bentley

Board Chair

January Asbury

Laurie Blaine

Tim Garcia

Ashley Takitani Leahey

Jill Schatz

New York City

Daniel Chu

Michael Del Mauro

Esther Kremer

Justin Mascall

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 families, 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 50,000 students in 19 states.

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