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We are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to building home libraries by giving books to children who need them. We hope to inspire 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. We are committed to allowing children to chose 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 and who were inspired to action by a study showing that book ownership dramatically reduces the summer slide. In our first year, 2011, we worked with the PTA of an elementary school in Southeast Raleigh, NC to raise close to 2000 books. We distributed books to 120 students to help them begin their own personal libraries and established an open bookshelf at the school so that books would always be within reach of every student. After seeing the impact of this project, we decided to create Books Are Magic in order to expand our program and to build home libraries for students in other Wake County schools.

In 2012, we worked with three schools and gave books to more than 350 children. So far in 2013, we have worked with three elementary schools, giving books to more than 370 children. We have also donated more than 100 books to preschoolers.

We do not sell any of our donated books. If donated books are unusable due to content or age level, we will either trade them for appropriate books or donate them to other non-profit organizations provide 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.

For more information, please contact us at Please also visit or Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2011 10:14 AM

    HI! You’re doing what I’ve dreamed of. I want to help!

    – Lea


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