Books for Every Child,
Support for Every Parent,
Literacy for Every Community

Books Harvested by Children to Date

The-Opportunity

The Opportunity

Eighty percent of brain development happens in the first three years of life. Imagine the possibilities for all children when they grow up surrounded by books and stories, words and ideas — starting at birth.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Our-Response

Our Response

We nourish young brains by filling their worlds with an abundance of books. And we partner with parents from the time their children are born, to ensure that parents are equipped with everything they need to help their children thrive.

It’s a response that fuels imagination
and sparks joy.

Our-Impact

Our Impact

More than 1,600,000 Book Harvest books have been harvested by children and families since 2011. Books: the catalyst for cozy bedtime stories and robust vocabularies, the fuel for empathy, curiosity, and creativity – and, most of all, the foundation for a lifelong love of reading.

It’s an impact that is transforming lives, child by child and book by book.

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Our Latest News

Block Party

On Saturday, July 17, Book Harvest celebrated ten years and 1.5 million books harvested by kids - and we did so by welcoming more than 2,000 friends to Diamond View Park in downtown Durham for a giant 10th birthday block party!

The heat did not stop us, and the rain never came. Our special guests - Pierce and Stella Freelon, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, Hayti Heritage African Dance, the Poetry Fox, and the Bouncing Bulldogs – performed with ebullience and smiles galore. One thousand LocoPops were consumed. Vaccines were given. And all around, kids were hugging their Book Harvest backpacks filled with new reads and stopping to leaf through their new copies of The Word Collector, our birthday present to Durham (thanks to Scholastic and author Peter H. Reynolds!).

Read more & view photos >>

Book Babies Graduation

On May 29, 2021, Book Harvest held its fourth-annual Book Babies graduation celebration. The Book Babies Class of 2021 was the program’s largest class yet, with 47 graduates from Durham County. Prior to the virtual celebration, Book Harvest staff and volunteers drove to the homes of the graduates and hand-delivered graduation boxes each containing a diploma, books, learning activities, and art supplies. Graduates donned caps and gowns for this very special delivery.

Special guest, Governor Roy Cooper, kicked off the virtual celebration, delivering a hearty message of congratulations for the Book Babies Class of 2021 and their families. “I have no doubt our graduates are ready to take on the world,” shared Governor Cooper, adding that “by being a part of Book Babies and the Book Harvest family, you’re helping to build a brighter future.”

Governor Cooper's message, along with Meytal Barak's commencement speech, can be viewed here.

Watch a recap >>

Block Party

On Saturday, July 17, Book Harvest celebrated ten years and 1.5 million books harvested by kids - and we did so by welcoming more than 2,000 friends to Diamond View Park in downtown Durham for a giant 10th birthday block party!

The heat did not stop us, and the rain never came. Our special guests - Pierce and Stella Freelon, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, Hayti Heritage African Dance, the Poetry Fox, and the Bouncing Bulldogs – performed with ebullience and smiles galore. One thousand LocoPops were consumed. Vaccines were given. And all around, kids were hugging their Book Harvest backpacks filled with new reads and stopping to leaf through their new copies of The Word Collector, our birthday present to Durham (thanks to Scholastic and author Peter H. Reynolds!).

Read more & view photos >>

Book Babies Graduation

On May 29, 2021, Book Harvest held its fourth-annual Book Babies graduation celebration. The Book Babies Class of 2021 was the program’s largest class yet, with 47 graduates from Durham County. Prior to the virtual celebration, Book Harvest staff and volunteers drove to the homes of the graduates and hand-delivered graduation boxes each containing a diploma, books, learning activities, and art supplies. Graduates donned caps and gowns for this very special delivery.

Special guest, Governor Roy Cooper, kicked off the virtual celebration, delivering a hearty message of congratulations for the Book Babies Class of 2021 and their families. “I have no doubt our graduates are ready to take on the world,” shared Governor Cooper, adding that “by being a part of Book Babies and the Book Harvest family, you’re helping to build a brighter future.”

Governor Cooper's message, along with Meytal Barak's commencement speech, can be viewed here.

Watch a recap >>

Block Party

On Saturday, July 17, Book Harvest celebrated ten years and 1.5 million books harvested by kids - and we did so by welcoming more than 2,000 friends to Diamond View Park in downtown Durham for a giant 10th birthday block party!

The heat did not stop us, and the rain never came. Our special guests - Pierce and Stella Freelon, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, Hayti Heritage African Dance, the Poetry Fox, and the Bouncing Bulldogs – performed with ebullience and smiles galore. One thousand LocoPops were consumed. Vaccines were given. And all around, kids were hugging their Book Harvest backpacks filled with new reads and stopping to leaf through their new copies of The Word Collector, our birthday present to Durham (thanks to Scholastic and author Peter H. Reynolds!).

Read more & view photos >>

Book Babies Graduation

On May 29, 2021, Book Harvest held its fourth-annual Book Babies graduation celebration. The Book Babies Class of 2021 was the program’s largest class yet, with 47 graduates from Durham County. Prior to the virtual celebration, Book Harvest staff and volunteers drove to the homes of the graduates and hand-delivered graduation boxes each containing a diploma, books, learning activities, and art supplies. Graduates donned caps and gowns for this very special delivery.

Special guest, Governor Roy Cooper, kicked off the virtual celebration, delivering a hearty message of congratulations for the Book Babies Class of 2021 and their families. “I have no doubt our graduates are ready to take on the world,” shared Governor Cooper, adding that “by being a part of Book Babies and the Book Harvest family, you’re helping to build a brighter future.”

Governor Cooper's message, along with Meytal Barak's commencement speech, can be viewed here.

Watch a recap >>

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