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If parents love, talk to, and read with their children daily, the future can be brighter! We are collecting new and gently-used children’s books (ages infant-12 years) to share with low-income children in the greater Sacramento area and abroad.

Our mission

Photo: Dr. Roseberry-McKibbin distributing books

To build the literacy skills of at-risk children in poverty to create a brighter future.  

Statistics indicate that the average middle-class child has 13+ children’s books in the home. In some low-income neighborhoods, there is ONE book for every 300 children. According to the Department of Justice, over 70% of America’s prisoners cannot read above a 4th grade level. Some states build prison cells based in part on the number of 3rd graders who are reading below grade level. It costs $8,000 a year to educate a child; it costs $56,000 a year to incarcerate an adult.

Thank you so much for cleaning out those closets and bringing books! They are distributed to places like Head Start, Mustard Seed School for homeless children, Children’s Receiving Home (for abused children), Crisis Nursery, and other places. To date, we have collected and distributed over 100,000 books to local children and youth in under resourced areas of our community and to children in developing countries like Samoa, the Philippines, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, India, and Nepal. For more information, go to:

Keep in touch


  • Books can be donated all year long in the lobby of Shasta Hall at CSUS
  • Thanks so much, Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D., Professor
  • Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, California State University, Sacramento

Do you suspect that a child you know may have problems reading?

Please contact the Sacramento State Maryjane Rees Speech and Hearing Clinic for an evaluation!

Call (916) 278-6601 to schedule an appointment.

Photo: Volunteer reading to a child