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Who We Are

November 18, 2013

Books Are Magic is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to building home libraries and fostering a lifelong love of reading. We partner with public schools to give 12 books to each child the school identifies as needing books at home before the end of the school year. Research at the University of Tennessee demonstrated that having a twelve-book library over the summer months reduced the summer loss in learning in at-risk students. We are committed to allowing children to choose half of the books themselves, and their teachers make other selections for them.

Books Are Magic was created by two parents who know first-hand the power of books. Founded in 2011, Books Are Magic now serves elementary schools in Wake County, NC. In 2014, we gave home libraries to almost 600 children.

Books Are Magic is also an active partner in the WAKE Up and Read literacy collaborative (, and one of our founders serves on its leadership team. As part of WAKE Up and Read, Books Are Magic helped give books to more than 5,000 children in Wake County.

We are able to do this through donations of new and gently used books, volunteer assistance, and financial and in-kind contributions. We do not sell any books. If donated books are unusable due to content, condition, or age level, we will either trade them for appropriate books or donate them to other non-profit organizations that provide free books to the community. The book recommendations listed on our website are our own recommendations—we read the books before we suggest them, and we do not accept compensation for our endorsements.

If you would like to get involved or would like more information, please contact us at Please also visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Eleanor permalink
    November 23, 2013 6:04 AM

    I love what you do for kids without books because reading helps you discover a new world.

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