How Book Trust Builds Readers

Many studies show that empowering students to choose their own books – and then keep them – really helps them to improve basic literacy skills and fall in love with reading. By providing the means for kids to decide which books they want to read each month and adding them to their home libraries throughout the entire school year, we help students build the healthy habits of life-long readers and learners.

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in their words

We wrapped our March Book Trust book order in gold foil paper and pretended that the leprechaun brought them (even though they recognized the books as the ones they chose). The students loved it and we were thankful to be able to do that for them."
Book Trust teacher1st Grade 87% FRL Colorado
I noticed groups of students who love to order same or similar books. I was wondering why they were ordering similar types of stories. During independent reading time, there was a group of students huddled at the corner. They made their own reading group!"
Book Trust teacher2nd Grade 82% FRL Oakland USD, CA
My son was reading below grade level. Now that he has the books at home to read, his reading scores up."
Book Trust parent5th Grade 87% FRL Loveland ISD, CO
When football players from one of the local high schools came to deliver the books, our kids were so excited and had all the players sign their Book Trust books. Upon listening to the conversations between the players and the students, it was nice to hear the high school boys telling the kids about their favorite books when they were young. This connected the kids to hearing how important it was to read, and that even cool football players enjoy reading!"
Ms. Fuller2nd Grade 65% FRL Millard School District, NE
You'll have kids come in with zero English and by the end of the year, they are fluently reading a grade level above from where they started…. this happens because of the books they have at home."
Ms. Soltys5th Grade 80% FRL Aurora Public Schools, Colorado
All of our students love Elephant and Piggie and Pete the Cat books. But our library only has a few of these titles. Now because of Book Trust, our kids are able to select their own Elephant and Piggie and Pete the Cat titles and build their personal libraries with books they love."
Book Trust teacher2nd Grade 89% FRL New York Public Schools, NY
Thank you Book Trust for giving me my first book that I get to keep!"
Book Trust student2nd Grade 62% FRL Council Bluffs Community Schools, IA
When I told my class about the Book Trust program in September, one of my most introverted children, whispered under her breath, "Am I in Heaven?" It was one of the sweetest moments of my teaching career!"
Ms. Dick1st Grade 62% FRL Council Bluffs Community Schools, IA
When it comes to fostering a love of reading, I think that's the first thing that students need—to be able to read what they want to read about."
Lindsey Walton, Principal 81% FRL Poudre School District, CO
I have students whose parent cannot read so the opportunity to take home books each month is incredible. Every month when their order comes in, the girls' faces light up with joy. It is comforting to know that because of this program these girls have books at home. "
Ms. Senst2nd Grade 83% FRL Poudre School District, CO

2020-2021 by the numbers

Books Chosen & Owned518,654Books Chosen & Owned
Students Served This Year39,628Students Served This Year
Family Engagement: 91% of Book Trust teachers engaged families in literacy.
Engaged Reading: 96% of Book Trust teachers devoted time for engaged reading.

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