BookS to Dreams, Inc.A Literacy Program for Children in Needphoto by José A. Warletta
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About the Program

Books to Dreams is designed to encourage children to read by giving them books of their own choice to keep. Through this process it is hoped that they will believe in themselves, dream of other possibilities, and become lifelong readers.

Books to Dreams has been able to give 375,833 donated books to children in need, including over 200 organizations that provide services for these children. It has presented over 500 literacy programs in 13 homeless shelters, established or added to over 60 permanent children's libraries and given thousands of books to numerous soup kitchens and outreach families.


We receive donations and services from a variety of places, including individuals, businesses, foundations, CT commissions, the CT legislature, organizations, publishers, religious organizations, schools, scout troops, and the media.

The Books to Dreams creed is that we "never ask for anything." Every contribution has been freely given. We do not solicit or request contributions. This allows us to use most of our effort and energy to get books into the hands of the children. All connections are made through "word of mouth." We are most grateful for the success of this "grass roots" approach.

What Makes Us Unique

Here are some unique aspects of the Books to Dreams program:

  • Every book given has a label with a saying to encourage reading and is inscribed with the child's name and date.

  • "Reading Buddies" are given to every child. They are stuffed animals with a special tag to encourage children to read every day and start their own libraries.

  • Special book requests may be made by every child and parent who attends the Books to Dreams literacy program. To date, nearly 22,000 book requests have been filled.

  • The Butterfly Cloth, brought to Books to Dreams programs, contains the name of every child who has attended a program so that these children know they will always be remembered.

  • Hundreds of dedicated volunteers make it all possible. Many have been volunteers for years.

Dear friends, the time has come for us to close the doors of the Books to Dreams, Inc. program, as of June 30, 2016. It has been a privilege and a most joyful blessing for us. It was an enormously meaningful part of our lives.

We are deeply grateful to the faithful board members, donors, volunteers and the thousands of people who have participated over the almost twenty five years. It was an honor to be connected with all of the organizations, educational programs, shelters and individuals who were grateful and deserving recipients.

My heartfelt gratitude to Howard, who made Books to Dreams, Inc’s success possible. Thank you, Howard, for always believing in me. More than anything, we feel most grateful to have provided this service. Now, we are saying goodbye, we wish you well and ... thanks for the memories!

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Books to Dreams, Inc. is a 501(3)c Non-profit Organization founded in 1996

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