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

Books Harvested by Children to Date

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

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

More than 1,800,000 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.


Our Latest News

Huge Success! Block Party 2022

Book Harvest’s annual Summer Block Party filled the concourse of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday, July 16, 2022 from 1 to 4 p.m. The free, outdoor, community-wide event was a joyful celebration of books and National Summer Learning Week! The afternoon was action-packed, featuring fun-filled family activities and entertainment, and an abundance of free, culturally inclusive children’s books for every child – from infants to high schoolers – who chose their very own books to take home and keep forever!

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Book Harvest Durham Hires Executive Director

Tabitha Blackwell has been named Executive Director of Book Harvest Durham effective May 25, 2022. Tabitha is responsible for all of Book Harvest’s operations and programming in Durham, the organization’s home community. Her particular focus is on scaling the reach and scope of existing programs in Durham and piloting new and innovative initiatives that provide books and literacy supports to Durham’s children and families.

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Dream Big 2022

The 11th Annual Dream Big Book Drive took place on MLK Jr. Day, January 17, from 1-4 PM at Durham Central Park. Over 400 community members braved the snow and cold and came to the event; some donated money from home; others ran virtual book drives while it was happening; and dozens of you messaged us with promises that you’d be bringing books to donate. Despite the weather, we received almost 10,000 books in just three hours!

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Bright Futures

On Wednesday, October 6th, Book Harvest launched Book Babies Bright Futures, a new college-and-career savings program for Book Harvest Durham’s Book Babies participants. With Bright Futures, Book Harvest aspires to help unlock opportunities for families to build a financial foundation to realize their children’s dreams for college or career.

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Book Babies Research Briefing

In early September, over 80 people tuned into our inaugural webinar, Parents Make the Difference. We shared our research findings and takeaways with a wide cross-section of our fellow advocates for early childhood practice and policy.

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