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.

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Our Latest News

Journal of Early Childhood Literacy Publishes Findings of Book Babies Program

The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy just published "In their own words: Parents’ voices about a book-provision program", co-authored by Meytal Barak, Book Harvest's Director of Early Literacy, and Dr. Cristina Gillanders, Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver.

Drawing on research conducted by the Book Babies literacy coaches, this article describes the integral role parents play in children's development, and the importance of Book Babies literacy coaches working alongside families in culturally responsive ways to create sustainable in-home literacy practices.

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Save the Date: Dream Big 2023

The Dream Big Book Drive and Community Celebration will take place on MLK Day, January 16, 2023, from 1-4 PM at the Golden Belt Campus in Durham. Now in its 12th year, this family-friendly event brings together families, businesses, neighborhoods, civic groups, and more in celebration of Book Harvest's BIG DREAM: books for every child!

We are now accepting sponsors for the 2023 event.

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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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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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Read the Blog

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

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Support Book Harvest: Buy Our Merch!

You, too, can sport our bright Book Harvest logo! It helps people know we exist, ultimately advancing our mission to ensure the every child has access to books, every parent has support, and every community is filled with a culture of literacy.

Plenty of sizes and colors available. Plus, Book Harvest receives a % of every item purchased!

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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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