We are a new kind of literacy nonprofit. People are curious to find out more about our work. Here are some questions and answers that can help you get to know us.
What is BookMentors?
We are a platform where teachers, readers, and donors can give, get, and talk books. We are also a 501c3 nonprofit located in Concord, MA.
Who started BookMentors?
A group of friends in education, high-tech, academia, and law started BookMentors because they were concerned with the lack of access to books in many public schools and high-poverty communities.
Why is BookMentors work important?
Many schools do not have the budgets to purchase the books needed to implement the new national Common Core State Standards, and many teachers wish to have more conversation with others about children's literature. Research has shown that the ratio of books to children in middle-income neighborhoods is approximately 13 books per child. The ratio of books to children in low-income neighborhoods is approximately 1 book to 300 children.
What can I do on BookMentors?
You can give, get (public school teachers), and talk books. Look under "About" and "Explore" in the footer for more information.
How is BookMentors different than other literacy nonprofits?
BookMentors is a nonprofit that everyone can participate in, not just staff and volunteers. When you give, get, and talk books on our site, and share with your friends, you are helping to build and support BookMentors.
Who are the BookMentors?
The BookMentors are you, me, and everyone who chooses to join the site. When you participate in the site you, in effect, help to mentor a new generation of readers by providing the books and literary inspiration needed by teachers and students.
We look forward to seeing you on BookMentors! Join us in building a community of book lovers who are ready and willing to help schools get the books they need.