What We Do

Teen Lit Boxes, Teen Lit Centers, and Teen Literacy Events across Los Angeles.

Teen Lit Boxes

Since the Covid-19 crisis began, there has been a demand for books now more than ever. Though our in-person events have been put on hold, we started an exciting new programming initiative called Lit Boxes. Our Lit Boxes are filled with high-interest books and literacy materials, and are being delivered to foster care, homeless, and low-income service organizations. They are our Lit Centers in a box, which means they are peer-driven and interactive! Every box is carefully curated for each individual site so no two boxes are alike. Our Lit Boxes remove the barriers to reading so that even the most reluctant reader picks up a book.


Learn more by contacting us.

Teen Lit Centers

Our Lit Centers are housed at facilities and schools that serve foster care, homeless, and low-income teens. They are equipped with literacy materials and a complete giveaway library. We utilize trained peer facilitators to maintain these centers so they remain relevant and accessible to the teens we serve. As always, we give books with a “no strings attached” policy. Because our goal is to get books into the community, kids are welcome to return and exchange books from the collection, share them with peers in their neighborhood, or keep them for themselves.

Teen Literacy Events

While currently on hold due to Covid-19, we look forward to when our Literacy Events will resume. The Book Truck holds Literacy Events throughout Los Angeles and every year, we give thousands of books to teens in underserved communities. We bring our truck to events at high schools and teen service organizations all over the city. The Book Truck also plans special visits to larger youth resource fairs such as YALLWEST Book Festival and  United Friends of the Children’s College Within Reach. Our Literacy Events are staffed by trained teen volunteers who come from all across LA, including from the communities we serve.


If you are interested in inviting The Book Truck to your school or organization’s event, apply online.

What our teens are saying.

“I think reading is important because it expands our minds and gives us a new perspective on life. It also helps us forget about our problems and have a good educational experience.”

-Ishmael

“It helps me imagine things that take me out of reality. Read to Dream.”

-Desiree

“Reading is important because it’s another world you can escape to.  I read so that I can stay away from drugs.”

-Savanah

Hand delivered Lit Boxes to Cabrillo High just in time for the end of the school year. summer vacation=summer reading 📚📚📚
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Juneteenth deserves to be celebrated in every way we can so let’s curl up with a good book and also spotlight some amazing authors!!!
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Happy pride month from the Book Truck!!

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Always the most requested - More amazing comics going into our Lit Boxes thanks to @bnwcomics !! 🤩

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Getting more books ready for the amazing young people at Safe Place for Youth - an incredible drop in center for homeless youth ❤️📚

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We got these books back from our at-home book sort!

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Just got the Spanish edition of some incredible @annatodd books thanks to @bookwormglobal !!!

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Filling up the truck with books for youth housed at the Long Beach Convention Center 📚 📚 📚

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Getting ready for our at-home book sorts this weekend!!!

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Did you see any of these movies?? The books are even better!

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Here are just a few of the “amazing, incredible, awesome YA authors” we carry on the truck!
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Prepping Lit Boxes for residents at Linc Housing! 📚 📚

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Thanks for the awesome book drive!! #immaculateheartmiddleschool

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We got a great donation of the entire HP series in hardcover!

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Getting ready to hit the road with more Lit Boxes!!

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Happy Read Across America Day! Here are a few new books on the truck that we can’t wait to read!!
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Love is in the air. Otherworld Romance, Realistic Romance and More for RISE High - New Earth.

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Bringing some thrills and chills to RISE High - APCH.
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Getting books ready for RISE High-Hawthorne!!
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Books for the incredible teens at A Place Called Home. Romance, Classics, Dystopian…Something for everyone!

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