Charity Partners

Since 2015, Picture Book Summit has donated over $25,000

to reading-related charities, libraries, and Title I schools!

San Juan Community Library

Picture Book Summit donated $6,507 in 2018

To our Picture Book Summit Friends,
We are the only public library serving the capital of San Juan. Adults and children from other cities island wide also depend on San Juan Community Library. Our mission is to promote enthusiasm for reading, research, and cultural enrichment.
We have a hard copy lending collection of 30,000 bilingual titles and a virtual lending collection of 4,500 eBooks and audiobooks along with over 53,000 virtual titles from The Project Gutenberg (books in the public domain). We offer classes, meeting spaces, free access to computers, complimentary WiFi, and other vital library services.  Our online branch is an important component of our summer reading program.  This program has for many years now successfully motivated our children to read during the summer months.
While we and our island recover from Hurricane Maria, we are grateful to be experiencing an upswing in usage.  Libraries are among the most important organizations for sustaining a democratic and educated society.  The public library is truly an instrument for positive transformation.
In fact, we are very pleased to share that during 2017, the year of Hurricane Maria, when we did not electricity for five months(!) we circulated over 1/3 of our bilingual collection of 31,000 titles. Who said libraries are dinosaurs?!  How could the only lending library open to the public in San Juan be a dinosaur?  How could the only lending library in Puerto Rico be extinct? Our children and young adult collections are the most circulated genres in our library.  The donation from Picture Book Summit will help us to continue serving the children and adults whom rely on our public library.
We know the difference that we make in the lives in our community. It makes our days worthwhile when we’re told that we have been a life saver.
And, now, you are a lifesaver to us.  Thank you so much! We are eternally grateful.
Connie Estades
Executive Director of the San Juan Community Library

Harrison Elementary

Picture Book Summit donated $3,328 in 2017

The students and staff are so grateful to have been the recipients of the Picture Book Summit donation. With the generous donation we have been able to provide high interest books as well as more up to date non-fiction books. The students and staff were able to make suggestions and wish-lists, which were fulfilled due to the donation. The opportunity to purchase desired books is greatly appreciated by all!

Heidi Brown
Principal, Harrison Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary

Picture Book Summit donated $3,328 in 2017

Lincoln Elementary School (LES) is a Pre-K through grade 5 school in New Britain, Connecticut where 725 students are educated each day. The student population is a multicultural environment where all learn from each other’s unique cultures and traditions. The Consolidated School District of New Britain that houses Lincoln Elementary School has been flat funded for the last 7 years which has dramatically impacted staffing and school materials.
As a result of this continual financial struggle, LES students are in need of current reading material and improved classroom libraries. The student body consists of over 72% free and reduced lunch students resulting in households that are not able to provide quality reading materials for their children which only strengthens the schools need to provide quality reading materials. Lincoln is full of excited anticipation for our new relationship with Picture Book Summit!

Reading Partners

Picture Book Summit donated $5403 in 2016

Reading Partners mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade. Reading Partners  know that reading is the foundation for all future learning, and the ability to read transforms lives and empowers children and communities to reach their full potential. Research shows that students who read at grade level by fourth grade have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and in life. That’s why they partner with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading.
Reading Partners is honored to have been chosen as [The Picture Book Summit] beneficiary for 2016. Picture Book Summit’s generous donation will help Reading Partners support 11,000 readers in the upcoming school year.

Reading Partners

We Need Diverse Books

Picture Book Summit donated $7,003 in 2015

We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. Putting more books featuring diverse characters into the hands of all children is their mission, and their vision is a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. You can learn more here: weneeddiversebooks.org