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

"College ruled composition books! I loved opening them, hearing that crack, & filling in my name & schedule. Truth is I still love them today."
tiffany-kuehner-Book Trust President & CEO

Tiffany Kuehner

President & CEO

"Like keys to the castle: the magical 7th grade code—R76, L44, R17. Room for a polyester gym suit, bag lunch & beastly math book. First locker!"
Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell

VP of Development

"Favorite school supply – books!”

Kellie O’Keefe

VP of Programs & Operations

"In middle school, we personalized our lockers with wrapping paper, photos, magazine pictures, & all things glittery. Do kids still do that?”
Anne Tengler

Anne Tengler

VP of Marketing

Our Staff

"New shoes for the fall were among my favorite things about back to school time!”
Jessie Chase

Jessie Chase

Director of Professional Development

"My favorite back to school activity was to see who was in my class, especially if my best friends were in there with me.”

Nathan Gardner

Director of Finance

"My favorite thing about a new school year was a fresh box of Prismacolor pencils. I always kept them perfectly sharpened & in rainbow order."
Shay Goodfellow

Shay Goodfellow

Hawaii Director

“I loved decorative erasers & over the top pencils. I had stackable erasers that formed a hamburger & other equally unusable school supplies!"
Joie Ha

Joie Ha

Donor Data and Analytics Manager

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

Catherine Heatley

Teacher Helpdesk Specialist

"I loved getting a new Trapper Keeper every year & filling it with folders full of neon palm trees & exotic cars that I knew nothing about."

Jason Heinz

Data Analyst

"I had a penchant for brand new sneakers, impeccably maintained, wafting of shoe cleaner. The bigger, the brighter, the better!"

Derek Killebrew

Director of Individual Giving

“Same as today — I loved picking out new, bright pens and markers for drawing & doodling all over my notebooks."
Katie Malone

Katie Malone

Marketing Associate

“I always loved ending my summer with the purchase of fresh, new notebooks for the upcoming year.”

Lily Mellblom-Prosser

Development Coordinator

“In middle school I loved back to school shopping. Although I wore a uniform, I loved picking out my special pair of shoes.”
Raquel Robertson

Raquel Robertson

Program Manager

"As a young girl with a flair for organization, Kinko’s was like a playground; shopping at that paper & filing haven every Aug. was the best!"

Lindsay Wiener

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

"My favorite back to school supply was definitely notebooks!”
Katherine Williford

Katherine Williford

Associate Director, Foundation Partnerships

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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

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Ernest Morrell

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Regional Boards

Denver

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Chris Beisler

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Shawn Johnson

Tim Keegan

Traci Kellner

Mark Landes

Luis Ponce Ruiz

Charlotte Pritchard

Tamika Pumphrey

Katelyn Roberts

Katica Roy

Kate Sneed

Jim Tanzillo

Rick Thomas

Debbie Ward

Northern Colorado

Scott Barber

Joanna Blasini

Mike Clark

Carol Cochran

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Michele Marquitz

Angie Penland

Nicole Walusis

Erin Whittington

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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

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