Frequently Asked Questions

Testimonials about the impact of The Book Truck

We were pleasantly surprised by the excitement our high school students displayed when they saw the collection of books. The personalized messages/descriptions on the books made it that much easier for students to choose the perfect book. Thank you so much for the book donations, our students loved it! – Cherokee Perez Rogers​, Coordinator of Services and Partnerships, Da Vinci RISE High School

We are grateful to have received Lit Boxes for the youth in our program. Receiving books that were culturally relevant and met the needs and interests of our residents helped expand our conversations around various topics in a meaningful way. – Tanisha Saunders (She/Her/Hers), Resident Coordinator, Roots to Grow program

 

The enthusiasm for this event was off the charts! We appreciate what this organization is doing to engage kids with literacy in our community. It was so wonderful to see students walking around campus with their new books, reading them in their free time, and excitedly sharing the stories with friends.” – Renee Imhoff Media Assistant Millikan High School

Who are we?

Former bookseller, librarian, and education advocate Elizabeth Dragga founded The Book Truck in 2011 in response to a lack of literacy outreach programming for teenagers. Ever since, The Book Truck has worked to bring the love of reading to teens and young adults by providing access to books which are high interest, high quality, and always free of charge. Our day-to-day staff is small and dedicated, and works out of our office in Long Beach, California. 

How do we distribute books?

Once we connect with a school or other organization that serves teens, we meet to figure out what works best for their particular needs. Then, we arrange to provide hand-selected books along with educational materials to help students and adults get the most out of our resources. 

Are the books really free? Who pays for them?

Yes, we provide all of our materials free of charge. Through grants and donations our nonprofit is able to bring books and literary resources to an increasing number of students and young people across Los Angeles County. 

What kind of books do you carry?

The Book Truck carries books that are always new or like-new, curated by our staff and teen volunteers. We stock books from a diverse range of authors, genres, and representations. We have titles from best-selling authors like Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas, Karen McManus, and many more! Our selections are personalized for each organization and influenced by input from students and faculty at each location.

If you want to bring Lit Boxes to your organization you can fill out our Lit Box Application. We’re just waiting to hear from you to get started on next steps. 

More about our book selection

To help our bookshelves feel accessible to all teens, our books are organized into clearly labeled genre categories. Our Thriller and Dystopian section is marked with a skull & crossbones, while the Romance categories are clearly labeled with hearts, for example. We provide an easy-to-read description key to empower students to discover titles they’ll love, giving them the vocabulary to navigate school libraries, local libraries, or bookstores with newfound confidence.