FAQs

  1. How many students does Book Trust serve?
  2. In which states are there Book Trust schools?
  3. How many schools does Book Trust serve?
  4. How many teachers are involved with Book Trust?
  5. How many books does each student purchase throughout the school year with Book Trust?
  6. Does my school or classroom qualify for Book Trust?
  7. What research drives Book Trust's mission to improve literacy among children from low-income families?
  8. How is Book Trust fulfilling its mission?
  9. How does the program work?
  10. Who pays for the Book Trust program?
  11. Why does Book Trust work with Scholastic?
  12. What is the biggest challenge Book Trust faces?

How many students does Book Trust serve?
During the 2013-2014 school year, Book Trust will serve over 30,000 students.

In which states are there Book Trust schools?
Book Trust is currently serving students in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

How many schools does Book Trust serve?
During the 2013-2014 school year, we are serving 120 schools.

How many teachers are involved with Book Trust?
During the 2013-2014 school year, 1,400 teachers will be participating in the program. Our Book Trust teachers ensure the success of our program.

How many books does each student purchase throughout the school year with Book Trust?
Each month Book Trust students choose and order up to $7 worth of Scholastic books from Scholastic Reading Club. This generally equates to 2-3 books each month. At the end of a 9-month school year, students will have chosen 20-30 books to add to their home libraries.

Does my school or classroom qualify for Book Trust?
Book Trust serves schools in the U.S. that have high populations of students from low-income families. Our first priority is to raise funds to support our existing schools in twelve states: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

If you are interested in bringing Book Trust to your school, please complete our short form.

What research drives Book Trust's mission to improve literacy among children from low-income families?
In the United States today, more than 31 million children live in low-income families.

Studies show an astonishing disparity between the number of books owned by children who live in middle-income neighborhoods and those who live in low-income neighborhoods.

By providing children with access to books, personal book choice, and book ownership, Book Trust helps increase literacy skills among children whose families cannot afford books—thereby inspiring a love for reading.

Take a look at some research on literacy here. And for additional research and educational reports, go here.

How is Book Trust fulfilling its mission?
Our teacher and student survey results continue to demonstrate our impact. They show that Book Trust makes a difference in the lives of students, their families, and their communities. Our program interrupts the relentless cycle of illiteracy and low achievement by helping children develop a passion for reading and grow into lifelong learners who succeed in school and become contributing members of society.

How does the program work?
Each month Book Trust students choose and order up to $7 worth of Scholastic books from Scholastic Reading Club. Teachers and parents help students select books and place their orders.

Teachers place book orders, and then report their orders to Book Trust. Book Trust directly pays Scholastic for the selections made by Book Trust participants.

In addition, teachers accrue Scholastic bonus points to redeem for additional classroom resources including books, materials and instructional tools.

Teachers report that on average, they spend 1 to 2 hours ordering books for students each month. They also report that the opportunity for their children to build home libraries and the opportunity to accrue the Scholastic bonus points is well-worth the time they invest implementing the program.

Who pays for the Book Trust program?
Our funding comes from dedicated individuals and generous corporate sponsors, foundations, and organizations who recognize the power of an investment in Book Trust. Learn more

Why does Book Trust work with Scholastic?
Scholastic provides Book Trust with a streamlined method of putting books into children’s hands and offers an inventory of books in a variety of genres that is unsurpassed. Scholastic has a streamlined ordering and distribution system, which keeps Book Trust program and operating expenses low and makes delivery to the schools easy and cost-effective. Learn more

What is the biggest challenge Book Trust faces?
Our only limitation is finding enough support to meet the increasing demand for our program.

The number of children living in poverty has been on the rise since the economic downturn began in 2008. Meeting current demand is a daunting task, oftentimes pulling at our heartstrings because we simply do not have the funds to provide books to every eligible child.

As we build a multi-year strategy, the key to our success is developing a sustainable funding plan. We are working to diversify our income by engaging more individuals, businesses, and foundations in our work.

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