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 1,600,000 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.


Our Latest News

Time to Dream Big!

The 11th Annual Dream Big Book Drive will be held on MLK Jr. Day, January 17, from 1-4 PM at Durham Central Park. Come celebrate the power of community and our big dream of books and literacy for all kids with our biggest event of the year: Dream Big! The celebration is part book drive, part volunteer event, part community partner fair, part festival, and all party and fun!

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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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Read the Blog

Read our latest blog posts, Words to Live By segment, and newsletters!


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!

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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.

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