Books for a Better Life

2 out of 3 low-income children have no books of their own. Bernie’s Book Bank, one of Chicago's largest children's literacy programs, is changing that with 12 books per year for 12 years. Donate Books NowInvest in Children

8,548,163

BOOKS DISTRIBUTED SINCE 2009

The Need

1:300

ratio of books per child in low-income neighborhoods

61%

low-income homes that do not have children’s books

2/3

students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare

The Impact

Children Empowered

Quality Books Distributed

Volunteers Annually

Years of Books

Who we are

Bernie’s Book Bank is one of Chicago’s largest literacy programs. Through our children’s literacy initiative, we process and distribute quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

What we value

Moving children from poverty to gaining knowledge through reading which enables a legitimate pursuit of happiness.

Why we do it

We believe that books and reading are both the vehicle and the road to a better life.

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We appreciate our corporate sponsors

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HOST YOUR EVENT AT BERNIE’S BOOK BANK

Support our mission by using our flexible & unique event spaces. Our venue is perfect for corporate meetings, mitzvah celebrations, weddings & more!

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Donate Books

We accept all gently used & new children’s books for ages birth-sixth grade

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Invest In The Children We Serve

Support the 250,000 at-risk Chicagoland children who receive books from Bernie’s Book Bank

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Volunteer

Help us sort, sticker & pack books!

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