Give a book. Open a door.

Books of Their Own is a program that provides small libraries of children’s books to low-income parents and their children.

Because having books at home fuels children’s reading habits and school readiness.

Even a small collection of books promotes parent-to-child reading, gives children the chance to select their own “just-right” books, and instills a family culture of learning.

Yet 61 percent of families living in poverty do not have a single book in their homes, compared to dozens, if not hundreds, of children’s books owned by the families of college-educated parents.

We give children some of their very first books.

To level the playing field, Literacy Partners provides our students with a small library of at least 10 books for each of their children. For many of the families, the books are the first they have owned.

Thanks to our generous supporters.

We began this project with the generous support of Courtney Corleto and Lee Eastman, Literacy Partners board members, Liz Perl, Literacy Partners board member and executive vice president/chief marketing officer of Simon & Schuster, and Jonathan Yaged, president of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, and Simon & Schuster have made generous contributions.


Donate children’s books to help make a difference.

More than 75 individuals have donated over $11,000 to sustain this important work. You can join them in supporting this program by either donating high-quality new or gently used books, or target your contribution on our Donate page to Books of Their Own.

To donate books, please contact the Development Office at 646-237-0146, or

You can help us equip our students with the books they need to get their children off to an early start on reading.