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 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 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.

Leadership Team

"My favorite summer activity as a child was trying to catch fireflies."
tiffany-kuehner-Book Trust President & CEO

Tiffany Kuehner

President & CEO

"My favorite summer tradition was our roadtrip to Kansas to visit my grandparents. The trip itself–4 kids, 6 suitcases, no AC–not the fun part."
Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell

VP of Development

"My favorite summer tradition as a child was going to Glenwood Springs. My brother, cousins and I had so much fun in the hot springs pool!"

Rich Stevens

Interim Director of Finance & Operations

"My favorite memory is the summer I spent lounging in my friend Ellen’s window seat, reading her complete collection of Nancy Drew mysteries.”
Anne Tengler

Anne Tengler

VP of Marketing

Our Staff

"My favorite summer tradition was going to Lake Michigan. It sure is a GREAT lake ;)"
Jessie Chase

Jessie Chase

Director of Professional Development

"My childhood summers were full of juicy, delicious fruit. I loved picking mangoes in Hawaii and I always went berry crazy on the mainland!"
Shay Goodfellow

Shay Goodfellow

Hawaii Director

"My favorite summer activity was hanging out with my cousins. With over 10+ cousins just on my mom’s side, there was never a dull moment!”
Joie Ha

Joie Ha

Donor Data and Analytics Manager

"My favorite summer tradition as a child was our family road trip to visit the grandparents."

Catherine Heatley

Teacher Helpdesk Specialist

"Playing wiffle ball in the backyard was a daily pastime of mine. Over the fence = a home run!”

Jason Heinz

Data Analyst

“All my favorite summer activities as a kid involved playing on the lake and in the woods of Northern Minnesota."
Katie Malone

Katie Malone

Marketing Associate

“My favorite summer tradition as a kid was always the annual family camping trip!”

Lily Mellblom-Prosser

Development Coordinator

"My favorite summer activity as a child was riding my bike everywhere and nowhere with my friends!”

Ellyn Mortimer

Hawaii Associate Director of Philanthropy

“My favorite summer activity as a kid was going to day camp! Great way to get out the house, there was “free” food, and I met new people.”
Raquel Robertson

Raquel Robertson

Program Manager

"My favorite summer activity as a child was reading my favorite books over and over again!"
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

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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

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Ernest Morrell

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Dr Ray Reutzel

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Regional Boards

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Greg Bellomo

Chris Beisler

Board Chair

Caroline Czirr

Shawn Johnson

Jon Kalstein

Traci Kellner

Mark Landes

Luis Ponce Ruiz

Charlotte Pritchard

Tamika Pumphrey

Katelyn Roberts

Katica Roy

Kate Sneed

Jim Tanzillo

Rick Thomas

Northern Colorado

Kate Baker

Chris Baker

Scott Barber

Joanna Blasini

Mike Clark

Carol Cochran

John Hintzman

Michele Marquitz

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Mary Pat McCurdie

Christy Ricks

Nicole Walusis

Erin Whittington

Maui

Susan Bentley

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January Asbury

Laurie Blaine

Tim Garcia

Ashley Takitani Leahey

Jill Schatz

New York City

Daniel Chu

Michael Del Mauro

Naomi Hochberg

Esther Kremer

Justin Mascall

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