Apr 05, 2019
Alison Guan and Amanda Collins
Access Books Bay Area

Our mission is to level the literacy playing field for K-8 students living in poverty by providing high quality, high-interest, culturally relevant books, and a transformed school library space that invites students to spend time and read.


We provide books to low-income schools where at least 90 percent of students live at or below the poverty line. Most students at the schools we serve are children of color and children of immigrants. Since 1999, Access Books in Southern California has donated more than a million books, and each year, approximately 18,000 pre-kindergarten through middle school-aged children participate in our program. Access Books Bay Area is now bringing this important work to the schools of the San Francisco Bay Area.


So many low-income children never leave the five block radius of their home. Books can give them another world.