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

Thank you for another amazing Readathon! Your participation and donations go a long way in helping us bring books and literacy to the incredible teens we serve!
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We had a great time collaborating with Long Beach Blast on an event for their students at Reid High!! Sending a big THANK YOU to the Long Beach Community Foundation for making this possible!
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It’s the perfect time of year for some spooky scary reads. Happy Halloween to all our readers! 🎃 📚
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Getting books ready for an upcoming event with Long Beach Blast thanks to LBCF!!! 📚
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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with us by checking out these amazing authors!!
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Getting ready for another at-home book sort! Thank you to our awesome volunteers!!!!
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Had a great time at UCLA Volunteer Day 2021!!
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Prepping boxes for the teens visiting H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center in downtown LA!! Most requested genres - fantasy and otherworld romance 🐉 🖤
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Getting ready to load the truck with some page-turning Fantasy books!
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One of our favorite series on the truck right now!
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Happy Labor Day weekend! What are you reading?

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Take a peek inside The Book Truck’s HQ at The LBCF Nonprofit Center!!! @lbcommunityfdn
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Looking to find your favorite/s genres? Start Here!
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Check out @writersforrights ! They publish a literary magazine and the most recent issue focuses on literacy. They have been amazingly generous in partnering with us for a book drive. Sending a big thank you for their efforts to get the word out!!!
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Here's a throwback to one our Literacy Events 📚❤ We miss seeing everyone in person, but we're excited that our Lit Boxes are still getting books to teens who need them!
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We always love a good romance book for our beach reads!!

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Books getting prepped for the Bruin Guardian Scholars Academy - An incredible summer residential program at UCLA for foster youth!!
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Getting Lit Boxes to the amazing School on Wheels - serving homeless youth across LA County!!

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