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

"I was the teacher’s pet. I came in over the summer to help my teachers get their rooms ready. That’s how much I loved learning and school!"

Amy Friedman

President & CEO

"As a kid I was paid $1 for each A on my report card. This led to a career in accounting where I get to keep track of lots of $1's!"
Donna Frost

Donna Frost

VP of Finance & Operations

"I could be found either on the playground pursuing Presidential Physical Fitness Awards records, or in the library with The Happy Hollisters."
Linda Mitchell

Linda Mitchell

VP of Development

"I was the ultimate geek in elementary school - I usually had to write a book report to get my gym grade up."
Anne Tengler

Anne Tengler

VP of Marketing

I wanted to be just like Nancy Drew and solve mysteries. Not much has changed, I almost always have a good “who-dun-it” on my nightstand!
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Erika Weiss

VP of Program

Our Staff

"After my parents found out I was a chatterbox at my parent/teacher conference, I turned to them and calmly announced, 'Now you know.'"
Rachel Carey

Rachel Carey

Program Associate

“In elementary school, I approached the Presidential Fitness “shuttle run” as if it was the Olympic Games.”
Jessie Chase

Jessie Chase

Director of Professional Development

"I was the tallest kid at school. I also had a silver front tooth, wore braces and headgear, and never left home without my little red radio."
Marlo Goff

Marlo Goff

Office Manager/Executive Assistant to the CEO

"In elementary school I was always barefoot and climbing trees to pick and eat fruit."
Shay Goodfellow

Shay Goodfellow

Hawaii Director

“In elementary school I was the first grader wearing pearls. Yup, I LOVED my pearls my mom gave me.”
Tiffany Grady

Tiffany Grady

Associate Director

"When I was in elementary school, I was determined to be a martial artist superhero so I could beat up bad guys. Secretly, I still do!"
Joie Ha

Joie Ha

Development Coordinator

Angela_Leal

Angela Leal

Accounting Assistant

“I was such a tomboy and wanted to do everything my brothers were doing. Recess, gym and field day were my favorite subjects!"
Katie Malone

Katie Malone

Marketing Associate

“I was inspired by my 3rd grade teacher. She taught me how to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs and paper cranes. I’ve been crafting ever since!"
Kristine McAuliff

Kristine McAuliff

Associate Director

“In elementary school, I was the kid who loved to make banana pudding for class projects, joining dance groups and being the teacher’s helper.”
Raquel Robertson

Raquel Robertson

Program Manager

"As a kid, I was: strong-willed. I once borrowed all the library books on rabbits and made a Power Point on why my family needed to adopt one!"
Katherine Williford

Katherine Williford

Associate Director, Foundation Partnerships

National Board

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Ron Lowy

Board Chair

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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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Cheryl Zimlich

Academic Advisory Board

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Linda Gambrell

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Ernest Morrell

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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

Tamika Pumphrey

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

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

Esther Kremer

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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