Ginger Young

Founder and Executive Director

Ginger Young believes that innovation is vital to solving our society’s most intractable challenges. In 2011, frustrated by the disconnect between what we know (books in the home are an essential part of a healthy childhood; parents are the key to kids’ success) and what we are doing with that knowledge (not enough), she founded Book Harvest. Since then, children and families in central North Carolina have harvested more than 1,000,000 donated books to take home and keep for their very own, building home libraries. Her dream: that every child grow up in a home that is brimming with books and go to sleep each night enjoying a bedtime story with a parent.

In her role as Executive Director of Book Harvest, Ginger is involved with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and its Supporting Parent Success Initiative. She serves on the National Advisory Board of the international social enterprise First Book. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Hill Learning Center, an organization committed to transforming students with learning differences into confident, independent learners. Ginger graduated from Harvard College in 1984 and received her MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1990. She is the mom of three avid readers.

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.” —Mary McLeod Bethune