Help Build Home Libraries

61% of low-income kids have no books in their homes. And about 1 in 3 students on the South and West Sides lack the broadband access they need for virtual learning. Building home libraries is vital to children’s success, and Open Books can help — with a little help from you!

Check out the many ways you can support our mission to get more books into the hands of Chicago kids.

Open Books | Open Minds

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Purchase a selected set of 3 or 5 books featuring diverse characters and cultures for early-grade children, and Open Books provides the same book bundles to children in the North Lawndale community.

Gift of Books

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Every book that you buy from this list will be distributed to Chicago kids in under-resourced communities via CPS meal distribution and community partners.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

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Open Books brings Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to Chicago, providing free books mailed monthly for children ages 0-5!

Classic Book Grants

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Free books for educators and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities within the Chicagoland area!