What we do


The Need

Studies show that being read to as a child and having books in the home are the two most important predictors of future academic success. Yet two-thirds of low-income families do not own a single children’s book.


So we began installing Little Free Libraries…


Since 2013 children throughout Cleveland neighborhoods have enjoyed taking books from 60 Little Free Libraries we installed and support. The books fly out! But our children needed an endless supply of books.


Then we struck gold!

In November 2015, we developed a unique partnership with online bookseller Discover Books to bring hundreds of thousands of free children’s books to Cleveland – books that would have been sent to recycling…



On February 1, 2016 we opened the Kids’ Book Bank in Mid town.














Since our first distribution in March 2016, we've given away more than one million amazing kids' books to families in need in our community through more than 700 partner organizations and with the help of 4,000 volunteers. We continue to distribute 40,000 - 60,000 books a month to low-income children through partners and our more than 100 Little Free Libraries.


For example:

  • 4,000 new mothers are receiving early childhood books every month for 2-4 years from agency workers that work with them on reading with their children.
  • 350+ home daycare providers are receiving 10 books quarterly and being trained to read with children by Starting Point.
  • Children of all ages and their parents are receiving hundreds of thousands of our books
  • from their pediatricians
  • from their schools and tutors
  • from churches, libraries and food pantries
  • from recreation centers and overnight camps
  • Teens from Boys and Girls Club and urban high schools come sort and box books and then excitedly select books for themselves, their families and their clubs.





Exciting News!

We've distributed more than 1,000,000 amazing children's books since March 1, 2016!


Thank you to our many volunteers and

our partner, Discover Books.

Our Mission


To foster improved literacy and a love of reading by providing free books to children in need.

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Cleveland Kids' Book Bank is a 501(c)3 and your donation is tax-deductible.


 Website design by Sabrina Spangler © 2016

Judy Payne, Co-Founder/Executive Director                                           Judi Kovach, Co-Founder/Chair