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

"My favorite holiday tradition is playing Spot It! by the light of Chanukah candles on family yurt trips."

Amy Friedman

President & CEO

"My funniest holiday #fail was when my oven caught fire as we were cooking two Thanksgiving turkeys for 25 guests!"
Donna Frost

Donna Frost

VP of Finance & Operations

"My family’s favorite holiday tradition is our trek to the mountains to cut down a beautiful (as in Charlie Brown beautiful) Christmas tree."
Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell

VP of Development

"I’m Italian, so we do a “primi” course of ravioli, and THEN the whole turkey dinner thing. This requires making pasta for 30+ by hand!"
Anne Tengler

Anne Tengler

VP of Marketing

"I love sitting with the tree on, and a cup of coffee early in the morning. It’s wonderful to take a moment to be still in this hectic season."
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Erika Weiss

VP of Program

Our Staff

“My favorite thing about the holidays is all the lights. It feels like a smile each time I look at them.”
Jessie Chase

Jessie Chase

Director of Professional Development

Our tradition is listening to “Christmas In the Stars, A Star Wars Christmas!” R2D2 carols, and What to get a Wookie for Christmas. Awesome!
Marlo Goff

Marlo Goff

Office Manager/Executive Assistant to the CEO

"My funniest holiday #fail was cutting down our own Christmas tree. It was so small and flimsy it wouldn't stay upright!"
Shay Goodfellow

Shay Goodfellow

Hawaii Director

“My favorite thing about the holidays is the Dean Martin Holiday Music Station on Pandora.”
Tiffany Grady

Tiffany Grady

Associate Director

"My favorite thing about the holidays is the food! Not only is it delicious, but you can pack on a few extra pounds to stay warm during winter."
Joie Ha

Joie Ha

Development Coordinator

"Our family tradition is that on Christmas Eve I always make chili and we open one Christmas present."
Angela_Leal

Angela Leal

Accounting Assistant

“We have a ‘turkey bowl' on Thanksgiving. Everyone (including grandparents as refs) plays in a family football game. There’s even a trophy!"
Katie Malone

Katie Malone

Marketing Associate

“My family’s favorite holiday tradition is “biscotti weekend!” My dad makes hundreds of biscotti with a fire going and holiday music playing."
Kristine McAuliff

Kristine McAuliff

Associate Director

“My favorite thing about the holidays is the food! It is also an opportunity for families to get together and for people to give.”
Raquel Robertson

Raquel Robertson

Program Manager

"Growing up, I always hoped for a white Christmas, but they were rare in Virginia. Now that we’re in Colorado, I LOVE the snowy mountains."
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

Nell Duke

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KaiLonnie Dunsmore

KaiLonnie Dunsmore

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Linda Gambrell

Linda Gambrell

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Ernest Morrell

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

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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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