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Having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact on propelling a child to a higher level of education, and the more books you add, the greater the benefit. 
(20-year study, University of Nevada.)

Welcome to Share Literacy

Share Literacy Chapters are administered by volunteers.
100% of your contribution gives books to needy children.

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Mission and goals:
Our mission is to address and reduce the growing literacy gap between rich privileged and poor at risk children and their families. Share Literacy promotes the development of reading and thinking skills by partnering with established early childhood education agencies serving poverty-level and low-income families, with after-school programs and with organizations providing ESL and adult literacy instruction.

Program goals:
  • Improve literacy skills
  • Encourage the development of higher-level thinking skills
  • Ensure that every child participating in a Share Literacy program takes home at least one book to keep
  • Improve parental knowledge and involvement in the development of their children's literacy
  • Promote tolerance and understanding by using multicultural literature designed to teach problem-solving and commonality of human experience
  • Improve teachers' instructional skills in the areas of early literacy and literacy training
Programs: 'Teaching-Stories: Learning that Lasts'
  • We provide a complete curriculum: lesson plans, activity guides with quality books and audio recordings of them (English or bilingual Spanish-English) that children can take home and keep, along with activities to engage parents and foster a home-school connection.
  • Our professional development program offers hands-on opportunities using our lesson plans, activity guides, and other educational aids.
  • Teachers and other professionals learn how to improve students' reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking skills while utilizing best-practice educational strategies.
  • Workshops permit time for collegial discussion and for sharing professional successes and frustrations helping teachers to increase their expectations and reinvigorate their commitment.
Over the past 13 years, with the help of grants from several foundations and many individual donors, Share Literacy has served over 600,000 disadvantaged children in the U.S. and other countries. We provide books and training materials, plus professional development services at cost. We rely on donations and grants to cover these costs to enable us to continue our services and expand.

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Many thanks to all who have contributed to our
Holiday Book Drive! We now have enough
donations for 16,766 books!

We are getting closer to our goal of giving away 20,000 books this year. Please help now so we can order books for the holidays. You can donate here, thank you.


For the second summer in a row, Share Literacy has given books to children participating in the Junior Giants Program of the Sunnyvale CA's Police Athletics League ( This program was created by the Giants Community Fund in 1994 and has over 90 leagues throughout California, Oregon and Nevada. The Jr. Giants Program is a unique program that teaches players the fundamentals of baseball and sportsmanship, as well as focusing on the importance of good Health, Education and Violence Prevention. The program also has a seasonal reading program where kids receive their own Hoopoe books to keep and share with their families. Here are some photos of happy children with their books.

Two Jr. Giants hold Hoopoe books

Two Jr. Giants hold copies of The Man and the Fox


Thanks to your donations and to the hardworking volunteers in Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and California, our 13th Share Literacy Holiday Book Donation Program was a record success – we donated 17,754 Hoopoe books, 2662 of which were Home Literacy Kits. Each kit contained a Hoopoe story by Idries Shah, an audio version of the story, and a Read Together Newsletter giving tips and advice to parents on reading regularly with their children.

We hope to be able to run a similar holiday program at the end of this year as well. With your help we can, but we need to raise another $10,000 to reprint the two titles needed to keep this program going.

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2014 Holiday Gift Packing Events

Amazing what a group of neighborhood kids can do when they get together! Over two weekends in November, these kids assembled 2662 Home Literacy Kits – each kit containing a book, an audio CD and a 'Read Together' newsletter for parents and caregivers. These kits will be donated to economically disadvantaged kids as a holiday gift.

Kids packing home literacy kits

Kids packaging home literacy kits

Kids packaging home literacy kits

Hoopoe Books included in Camp Fire
After-School Programs

For several years now, Camp Fire Greater Long Beach has used Hoopoe Books at their WRAP after-school programs. This summer young students had a fun learning experience with two Hoopoe titles by Idries Shah: The Man with Bad Manners and Neem the Half-Boy.

placemat saying I Love Hoopoe
A placemat made by a 2nd grade student for a Man With Bad Manners Family Tea Party, part of the Cleveland School WRAP Hoopoe Family Event 2014

Kids and teachers acting out Neem the Half-Boy
Children act out Neem the Half-Boy at a WRAP Hoopoe Family Event 2014 at Muir School


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Click Here for the 2011 News Archive.

Click Here for the 2010 News Archive.


Share Literacy Volunteer Chapter News!

To join a volunteer Share Literacy Chapter in your area,
or to start one of your own click here.

Right, Share Literacy volunteer, Dan Sperling, talking to a shopper looking for alternative gifts at the Takoma Park, MD, Alternative Gift Fair put on by Click here for Share Literacy Alternative Gifts.

Volunteer at Alternate Gift Fair

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