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 communities 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. We’re all about helping kids build home libraries full of books they want to read, and helping teachers use those books in the classroom to build healthy habits of reading and learning.


Every child discovers the joy and power of reading to create limitless possibilities.


Engaging every child in book choice and ownership, cultivating literacy-rich communities.


  • Literacy is a human right.
  • Book choice and ownership creates more motivated readers.
  • Reading has the power to transform lives and communities, breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • Our donors, schools, teachers and Scholastic are key to our success.

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 Books Clubs 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 57,000 students in 21 states.

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Book Trust uniquely delivers choice and ownership of books to children from low-income communities, increasing their literacy skills and fostering life-long learning.

Our Staff

I loved reading Junie B. Jones growing up. It was so fun being able to read a chapter book as a Kindergartner. I loved her spunk.

Sydney Elder

Program Manager

“The Secret Garden has always been one of my favorites!"

Catherine Heatley

Senior Program Manager

“The Nancy Drew mystery books were some of my favorites growing up.”

Kendra Jennings

Program Manager

"Little Women was one of my favorites to read and reread."

Sherryl Mestejanot

Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

"Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski, and The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank were a few of my favorites.”

Kellie O’Keefe

President & CEO

"Growing up, I loved the Harry Potter books, especially because my dad read the entire series to me every night before bed!"

Elena Price

Development Coordinator

National Board


Darin Atteberry


Jim Curry


David Diehl


Swati Gokhale


Stacey Kirkland

Board Chair


Amy Kolczak


Judy Newman (Advisor)


David Perez


Image of Nicole Riehl for BookTrust Board of Directors

Nicole Riehl


Dharmendra Sahay


Adrienne Schatz



Cheryl Zimlich

Academic Advisory Board


Ana Taboada Barber, University of Maryland


KaiLonnie Dunsmore

KaiLonnie Dunsmore, Consortium for Educational Change


Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell, University of Notre Dame


Dr Ray Reutzel

D. Ray Reutzel, University of Wyoming

Regional Boards


Julio Da Silva

Charlotte Robinson

Brittany Wimmer

Northern Colorado

Ronda Chadwick

Mike Clark

Maryann Fillingim

Nicole Walusis

Board Chair


Tim Garcia

Susan Kean

Gerrianne Sakamoto

Jill Schatz

Diane Woodburn

New York City

Daniel Chu

Michael Del Mauro

Naomi Hochberg

Esther Kremer

Justin Mascall

Board Chair


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