How to Build a Reader

Lots of studies show that empowering students to choose their own books – and then keep them – really helps them to pick up basic literacy skills and fall in love with books. By enabling kids to decide which books they want to read and build a home library, we foster a life-long love of reading.

in their words

Thanks to Book Trust, I now have my own library at home. There are books everywhere: I have more than my mom!"
Kamarion Book Trust Program
Now I can choose my own books to read as many times as I want, and even read them to my little brother to help him learn too!"
Chelsea Book Trust Program
I read with my mom and my dad and my whole family. Even with my dog. I like sitting right next to him and just reading a book. "
Student Book Trust Program
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."
Elizabeth Soltys Book Trust Teacher
My son was reading below grade level. Now that he has the books at home to read, his reading scores up."
Parent Book Trust Parent
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."
Principal Lindsey Walton Book Trust School Leader
When I'm at home, I get to read more and more to help my sister learn to read. I read to her to show her how to read and my mom helps me. "
Student Book Trust Program
I like choosing my own books because it's my style and it's not boring…. It makes me feel awesome because the books from Book Trust are really interesting."
Student Book Trust Program
Every time I read a Book Trust book, I travel to places and discover things that in my real life I never imagined living!"
Aisslin Book Trust Program
Because I have Book Trust books, I feel like I can read more and more. I almost have a full bookshelf of new books. My sister and I read three or four a day."
Student Book Trust Program

2016-2017 by the numbers

Books Delivered1.2 millionBooks Delivered
Students Served This Year50,000Students Served This Year
Increased Reading: 87% of our teachers say Book Trust increases student desire to improve their reading skills.
Engaged Families: 98% of Book Trust teachers report that their students are reading at home with their families.

Students Became Better Readers

According to Book Trust Teachers, the number of students reading at grade level increases from 31% at the beginning of the school year to 59% at the end of the year.

  • 31%
  • 59%

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2016 Annual Report: Letter from Amy Friedman

Over 38,000 lives were transformed this year, thanks to you. Imaginations were sparked and adventures were had through new books that our students had a chance to choose and buy, thanks to you. And over 2,000 teachers grew their classroom libraries and had resources to support their best practice literacy instruction and family engagement in reading, thanks to you.


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