Mission and Vision

book bundle received

A Book of My Own aims to pro­vide free new and gen­tly-used, diverse books to chil­dren and fam­i­lies across Min­neso­ta. Book own­er­ship devel­ops self-esteem, encour­ages empa­thy, boosts lit­er­a­cy skills, and most impor­tant­ly, paves the way for a life­long love of books and read­ing. All chil­dren deserve access to high-qual­i­ty books of their own. A Book of My Own aims to make that happen. 

A Book of My Own is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing books that reflect the won­der­ful­ly diverse world in which we live. Unless fam­i­lies explic­it­ly opt out, all book bun­dles will include rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a vari­ety of eth­nic­i­ties, reli­gions, and lifestyles.

The Need

  • 61% of low-income fam­i­lies have no books at all in their homes for their chil­dren. (Read­ing Lit­er­a­cy in the Unit­ed States)
  • Hav­ing access to age-appro­pri­ate books at home is the sin­gle great­est pre­dic­tor of aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess. (Edu­ca­tion World)
  • The mere pres­ence of a home library increas­es children’s aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess, vocab­u­lary devel­op­ment, atten­tion and job attain­ment. (Social Sci­ence Research)
girl opening box of books
book bundle received
Father and children reading

A Book of My Own

Newsletter Sign-up

Sign-up for our occasional newsletter. You can help support our literacy efforts by following us as we grow!