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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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We are getting closer to our goal of
giving away 20,000 books this year!

Since we started Share Literacy in 2002, we have been able to give Idries Shah’s wonderful children’s stories to thousands of underserved children for the Holiday Season. So we are now in our 13th year and I’m pleased to tell you that, thanks to everyone’s generosity, we will be able to donate a book to 17,500 children; and possibly more – since donations are still coming in to cover our print costs. Our goal was to donate 20,000 books this year – so we are very, very near. You can donate toward this effort here, thank you for making it possible.

“Your books were a hit at our holiday party. We thank you for your continued support and kindness… It is amazing to see the reactions of mothers and families when they receive items they need and it truly makes them feel special… We will have volunteers doing weekly or biweekly reading groups with the children and their moms. We hope it will help children see how wonderful reading can be and will instill a desire in them to pick up a book for enjoyment. We also anticipate that mothers will see how pleasurable reading with their children can be.” – Sharon Bechtol, Volunteer Coordinator, Homeless Prenatal Program of San Francisco.

Each year we receive hundreds of “thank you” letters and photos from children, teachers and caregivers who have received books as part of our Share Literacy Holiday Program. Here are a couple from last year’s holiday book drive:

Child's thank you letter to Share Literacy

A Child's thank you note to Share Literacy


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


Click Here for the 2014 News Archive.

Click Here for the 2013 News Archive.

Click Here for the 2012 News Archive.

Click Here for the 2011 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.

Dan Sperling (right), a volunteer for the nonprofit Share Literacy, shows two Takoma Park residents a children's book that they can "gift" to a child from an underprivileged family. Click here for Share Literacy Alternative Gifts.




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