Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Ginger Young is a social entrepreneur and children’s literacy advocate. She founded Book Harvest, a North Carolina-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in 2011 to put book ownership and home libraries within reach of every child, starting at birth, and to provide literacy support for parents. In just 10 years under Ginger’s leadership, the organization grew to a staff of 19, a board of 15, and an operating budget of $2.9 million. More than 1.6 million new and gently used donated books were harvested by children in Book Harvest’s first decade, helping them build their home libraries and nourish their vocabularies and imaginations.
As the Chief Executive Officer, Ginger oversees strategic planning, growth, and the organization’s plans for expansion, replication, and advocacy. Her dream is that every child grows up in a home that is brimming with books and falls asleep each night enjoying a bedtime story with a parent; that all parents feel supported in their role as their child’s first teacher and most heartfelt advocate; and that every child is able to start school kindergarten-ready, read at grade level, and enjoy a lifetime of reading for pleasure.
Ginger is a senior consultant for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a member of the National Advisory Council for the nonprofit social enterprise First Book, and a founding member of the North Carolina Public Education Task Force. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Hill Learning Center.
Ginger is a graduate of Harvard College and received her Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Her publications include:
• “Winning the future for our kids is within reach” (Perspective), in Education NC, April 18, 2021.
• “To Lift Children’s Scores and Prospects, Teaching Must Start Earlier.” (Op-ed), in Raleigh News & Observer, November 25, 2019.
• “Want better health outcomes for kids? The American Academy of Pediatrics says combat racism with diverse books.” (Perspective), with Callee Boulware in Education NC, August 21, 2019.
• “NC’s Read to Achieve Program Failed. Let’s Turn the Page.” (Op-ed), in Raleigh News & Observer, January 12, 2019.
• “Getting Books in Kids’ Minds” (Op-ed), in Raleigh News & Observer, April 23, 2012.
• “A Safe Screen Pact for Parents and Children” (Op-ed), in Raleigh News & Observer, October 15, 2010.