80% of preschool programs serving low-income children have no children’s books

42% of American children – 31 million- grow up in families that lack the means to cover such basic needs as rent, childcare, food, and transportation, according to the National Center on Poverty, 2009. For these families, books are luxuries that are out of reach. Many studies show that making books more accessible to children dramatically improves their academic achievement.  We believe that access to books should be seen as a necessity, alongside access to food, shelter and health care.

Get Involved

We are always looking for new books for the children and teachers we serve. 
We accept only new or gently used books, preferably for children ages 0-5.

The following organizations and individuals have generously
donated books to READ FOR LIFE:

Barnes & Noble

First Book

Junior League of Washington

Women's Club of Chevy Chase

Capitol Hill Day School

Junior League of Washington


Chevy Chase Elementary School

Capitol Hill Day School

Nicole Bagley

Teaching Strategies

Girls on the Run - Team WIS

Bishop O'Connell High School

American Library Association

History Honor Society

Friends of Oakton Library

Reach, Inc.

Amtrak, Inc.

Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church