Last year Book’em gave more than 45,000 books to economically disadvantaged children in Davidson County. Won’t you help? Check out our page with more information on book drives.Read More
We connect reading role models to students in preschool through fourth grade classrooms and provide books to organizations for the underprivileged children that they serve.Read More
Book'em creates a more literate Nashville by helping economically disadvantaged children, from birth through high school, discover the joy and value of reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers.
Book’em is a Nashville nonprofit that collects and distributes new and like-new books to children and teens who might not otherwise have books of their own and recruits, trains and assigns reading role model volunteers to local preschools and elementary schools that serve low-income families.
We believe that given an early start, children learn not just to read, but also to love reading.
Book’em began in 1989 when four women (Lee Fairbend, Karen Esteves-Gill, Georgeanne Chapman, and Ruth Ann Leach (now Harnisch) united to find opportunities to assist RIF Nashville in meeting their needs for books and volunteers. Books were collected and distributed through the Christmas Clearing Bureau (CCB). The organization grew through the years distributing tens of thousands of books each year and adding a reading program in pre-schools, first called Reading Rangers then later changed to Ready for Reading.
In August 2006, RIF-Nashville merged with Book’em. RIF is the oldest literacy group in the Nashville area. It began in 1975 as a RIF/Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County public school project. A locally funded pilot project was run for three years in three Metro schools. Today, the RIF program is in nine Title I Metro elementary schools.
Each year Book’em sponsors Read Me Day to raise the level of awareness of the importance and fun of reading. Over the years, we have partnered with many celebrities, including Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, and Governor and First Lady Sundquist, and community organizations, such as the Nashville Zoo and the Nashville Ballet, in spotlighting many metro schools.
161 Rains Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203
Here is a form to help. Print and fill out this form and send it to the address listed.
Give a Gift that Gives Twice form to donate books in honor of a loved one, a teacher, or someone who has impacted another’s life.
Book’em may be part of your company’s workplace giving and may be eligible for matching donations from your company. Please check with Human Resources Department or Book’em to determine this. Our Employer Identification Number is 58-2000621.
Use Goodsearch.com as your online Search Engine, designate Book’em as your charity, and earn money for Book’em every time you search. And, do your online shopping through Goodshop.com to benefit Book’em.