Improving teen literacy in underserved communities throughout LA County.

Literacy Leads to Brighter Futures.

Everyone Deserves That Opportunity.

Every year, we give thousands of free books to foster care, homeless, and low-income teens throughout Los Angeles County. We not only teach literacy skills, we create the intrinsic motivation to read.

The benefits of reading are boundless.

Teens with higher literacy skills are

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How you can help create brighter futures:

Donate to The Book Truck

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help us improve the futures of teens with low literacy, you can make a one-time OR a recurring donation through PayPal.

Volunteer at Literacy Events

Our teen literacy events are staffed almost exclusively by teen volunteers. If you have a teen (or a group of teens), who would be interested in volunteering with us, connect with us.

Apply for a Literacy Event

We visit and distribute books to teens at large events at Los Angeles, California area Title 1 schools and other youth organizations for underserved teens, especially foster youth.

Real Teens.
Real Stories.

“Because of The Book Truck, now I’m a reader. I’m not sure I would have graduated from high school if it hadn’t been for them. When I volunteer and someone asks me about a book, I wonder, will I get to change that person’s life like the Book Truck changed mine?”
– Jonathan M.

Upcoming Literacy Events


3RD ANNUAL READ-A-THON December 8th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm It's time to start getting ready for The Book Truck's 3RD ANNUAL Read-a-thon!! This year we have some really exciting news!! An anonymous donor has offered to match ALL donations dollar for dollar up to...

Safe Place for Youth Literacy Event

Safe Place for Youth Literacy Event December 10th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at S.P.Y.'s Access Center   We are joining in a holiday celebration for members of Safe Place for Youth. This organization seeks to inspire, nurture and empower the resilient human spirit of...

Wilmington Book Festival Literacy Event

Wilmington Book Festival Literacy Event September 28th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at The Banning Residence Museum Middle and high school students are invited to select free books with the help of trained peer volunteers during this community celebration of literacy....

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Every size donation helps provide books for our teens.


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