Make an impact in today's teen literacy crisis by donating to The Book Truck.
You can help create better futures for teens with low literacy skills.
If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to help us improve the futures of teens with low literacy, you can make a one time OR recurring donation through PayPal.
A donation of any amount makes a difference.
$20Recurring or One-Time Donation
- With your generous $20 donation, you will be sponsoring 2 teens at a Book Truck literacy event.
$50Recurring or One-Time Donation
- With your generous $50 donation, you will be sponsoring 5 teens at a Book Truck literacy event.
$100Recurring or One-Time Donation
- With your generous $100 donation, you will be sponsoring 10 teens at a Book Truck literacy event.
$250Recurring or One-Time Donation
- With your generous $250 donation, you will be sponsoring an entire classroom of teens!
How your donations impact our teen’s lives.
“I like that you guys make reading fun. You guys give it life in a way.”
–Shaquille,18, 12th grade
“You have wonderful, interesting books to help kids to start reading.”
–Mirno, 18, 12th grade
“I like the fact that you give the opportunity to own books to people who may not be able to acquire them.”
–Geri, 15, 11th grade
Give books to our teens!
We are always in need of great books for our teens! Explore our most popular book requests or check out our Amazon Wish List to find out what books we’re most in need of right now.
Because we are a small operation with very limited storage space, we are only able to accept books that we will be able to use. Since we work exclusively with teens, the books that are most useful to us are young adult books or adult books that have crossover appeal (like Steven King and Nicholas Sparks). Learn more about the books we carry below.
Note, We do not accept textbooks, books that are old/damaged, or books that are too young or too mature for a teenage audience. We gladly accept gently used books but request that they be in excellent condition. For some of the teens we work with, these are the first books they’ve ever owned, and they truly treasure them.
Types of books we carry.
Our goal is to get teens excited about reading. To make this happen, we have to carry the books they want to read. This means making sure that we are stocked with high quality, popular titles from every genre and time period, especially books by diverse authors.
We use continual feedback and surveys from our teens to make sure we’ve got what they want. This includes everything from books made into popular movie franchises (like The Hunger Games and Divergent) to books about difficult subject matters they encounter in their own lives (like abuse, drugs, and prison). It also includes classic literature (like Edgar Allen Poe and The Outsiders) and true-life stories about people overcoming hardships. Our teens’ tastes are as varied as their individual interests, and we want to make sure we have something for everyone. At the Book Truck, no genre or style is looked down on. All books have value.
How we organize our books.
We want all teens to feel comfortable browsing our shelves, no matter how much time they’ve spent around books in the past. To that end, our books are organized into teen-friendly genre categories with corresponding, easy to identify icons. (For example, realistic romance novels are labeled with a heart while dystopian thrillers are marked with a skull and cross bones). This guides teens to books they’re most likely to enjoy, which empowers them with the confidence to discover more titles on their own. It also gives them a vocabulary to talk about the types of books they like, so that they feel comfortable going into a library or bookstore and asking for help finding something to read.