Core Values

Open Books’ core values work in tandem to guide everything we do. As mutually-reinforcing beliefs, these values serve as our north star as we serve children and families through formative literacy experiences.


We fulfill the commitments we make to ourselves and those we make together with communities, admit our shortcomings, and learn from our mistakes.


We commit to listening to and working with others, as well as acting to meet the needs we identify together as a means of collective impact.


We seek, through literacy experiences and resources, to amplify the voices, talents, and stories of others, especially those who are marginalized and often overlooked.


We take creative risks by using new ideas to tackle challenges and evolve how we serve others.


We value the dignity, humanity, and diversity of perspectives of all individuals and work to reflect this in all our interactions.

Open Books stands against hate and discrimination in any form. We exist in solidarity with all communities and peoples impacted by the injustices of racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and bigotry. We commit to creating barrier-free education experiences, rooted in literacy, and encourage feedback from anyone in the Open Books family as to how we can continually improve toward a more just environment.