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Book Trust Press Kit

News media interested in covering Book Trust, or those needing an expert in children’s literacy and reading, please contact:

Leon Duran | Book Trust Office Manager
Direct: (720) 379-9918
lduran@booktrust.org

As a national literacy program, Book Trust is well-positioned to work with members of the media in a number of areas, including:

Literacy best practices
Promoting reading in the home
Reading programs and curriculum
National trends in education and literacy

Brief Description

Book Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower children from low-income families to choose and own books, inspiring a passion for reading and cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning. Established in 2001, Book Trust currently serves over 50,000 students in 18 states. To date, Book Trust has put over 5.2 million books in the hands and homes of kids in need.

Extended Description

Book Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower children from low-income families to choose and own books, inspiring a passion for reading and cultivating increased literacy skills and life-long learning. Access to books and reading materials is the most significant barrier to literacy. In areas of poverty, the ratio of books to children is 1 book for every 300 children, a figure contributing to the reading gap between low and middle income families. By 12th grade, the reading proficiency of students from low income families is 4 years behind middle income students. Studies prove book choice and ownership are fundamental in promoting literacy. Children who are free to choose what to read are more likely to read, and the number of books in a home has the same impact on a child’s level of educational attainment as parental education levels.

In 2001, Adrienne Schatz founded Book Trust to help students gain access to books and develop a love for reading. She started with a small pilot program of 170 students in Larimer County, Colorado, providing students money to select and purchase their own books. Today, Book Trust serves over 50,000 kids in 18 states and operates in 167 schools with high populations of low income students as measured by the National School Lunch Program. Book Trust gives each child $7 a month to choose and order books of their very own from the Scholastic Reading Club.

In addition to providing children with books, Book Trust offers resources and support to teachers and families, helping to cultivate a love of reading and learning in the classroom and in the home. Book Trust classrooms see significant increases in the number of students reading at grade level, and teachers report Book Trust has a dramatic positive effect on their students’ families, providing a means for parents to learn about and support their child’s interest and education.

More Information

Fact Sheet – The Case for Book Trust

2016 Annual Report

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Press Releases

November 2015 – Fort Collins Grown Non-Profit Celebrates Literacy Milestones with Annual Books On Tap Event

September 2015 – Three Denver-area schools join Book Trust’s network of programming for the 2015-2016 academic year

September 2015 – Book Trust Partners with The Denver Center for Performing Arts to Promote Kids’ Love of Reading

September 2015 – Book Trust’s “10 Days To Fall In Love With Reading” Campaign connects Family Engagement, Reading, & Denver Cultural Highlights

September 2015 – Lt. Governor Joe Garcia joins Book Trust to deliver books to kids during Colorado Literacy Week

June 2015 – Saltchuk Hawaii Companies Supports Reading Through Generous Donation to Book Trust

May 2015 – Book Trust Partners with Mayor’s Office and Community Programs to Promote Literacy

May 2015 – Book Trust’s Read-A-Thon Fosters Community Support for Reading in Fifteen Elementary Schools across State

March 2015 – Book Trust Gets Help From Local Celebrities in Delivering Books to Munroe Elementary and Celebrating Childhood Literacy

January 2015 – Elementary School Students Receive New Books Each Month and Find Joy in Reading

January 2015 – Book Trust Key Partner in the Far Northeast Denver Community Conference Commemorating the Legacy of MLK

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