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Your Children’s Bookshelf is a 501(c)(3) organization
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Who We Are

Your Children's Bookshelf is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing FREE children's books through our Donors and Program Partners to families & children in-need; encouraging the love of reading and providing equitable access to books helping foster literacy and education.

Our History

Your Children’s Bookshelf (YCB) was sparked and inspired by published children’s author Mary Jane Miller, whose life demonstrated the love of reading, writing, and family. Mary Jane’s incredible connection to children and caregivers is woven through her stories and her family.

siblings reading

'Our Books to You'

The YCB “Our Books to You” program was developed as an opportunity to continue our mission of providing FREE new and gently used books to disadvantaged families and children during these trying times. Each Tote is filled with up to 6 age-appropriate books. Since our launch YCB has provided over 22,288 books to over 4,400 children through this program to date. Call us now to become part of this great program and help to foster literacy.

In middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children

Podcast Storytime

YCB's Podcast - Storytime presented by Your Children's Bookshelf provides on-line listening experiences for kids in English and Spanish. It's been a pleasure to offer a way to listen to some of the most recognizable classic books. Since our launch in 2020, we've had over 17,000 downloads, while having 117 stories to listen to. Classics like The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Doctor's Dolittle Circus, El cuento del Gatito Tomasin, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, The Tale of Mr. Tod, The Tale of Little Pig Robinson, La Historia del Dr. Dolittle, The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Peter Pan. YCB has also been fortunate to have several self-published authors books on our Podcast like Kamunga the Chameleon and the Man with the Wild Brown Hair, Kathryn & Elizabeth Go Shopping, Inglebert Ed, When the Dinosaurs stayed at Home and Lela - The Littlest Search Dog.

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Book Fairs

The YCB team hosts free book fairs for children and families in collaboration with our Program Partners. The gently used books range from newborn to eighth grade reading levels. Most children/families choose between 6-10 complimentary books. Since 2018, YCB has provided over 3,205 books to children through Book Fairs.

Book Fairs provide books to children

Book Certificates

YCB provides certificates for free gently used children’s books through our Program Partners. The children/families fill out the certificate indicating age/grade and interests. The certificates are then sent to YCB. The request is filled, and the books are delivered to our Program Partners. We have provided over 2,422 books to over 723 children through this program to date.

We have provided over 2,422 books to 723 children through this program to date.

Who we team with (Program Partners):

  • Children’s Group Homes
  • Foster Family Centers
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Transitional Housing and Educational Initiatives
  • Residential Treatment Centers
  • New Mom's Groups
  • Domestic Abuse Centers
  • Head-Start Programs
  • Immigrant/Refugee Program
  • Day Care/After School Program
  • Down Syndrome Achievement Centers

We receive our books through:

  • Friends and Family
  • Local Sales
  • Book Drives
  • Developing relationships with publishers
  • Donors
 

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The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” – Dr. Seuss

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