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

It’s time for our annual read-a-thon! It's been a tough year for the teens we serve, and we are so proud that we have been able to continue bringing books and literacy materials to homeless, foster care, and low-income teens throughout LA county. Please help us support these teens by donating. See link in our bio.
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Here’s to all the books that transport us!

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Here’s to all the scary books we love. Happy Halloween!

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One of our favorite series on the truck!

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Hoping to learn more this week in honor of Indigenous People’s Day? Check out these titles!

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“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” -Laurie Halse Anderson
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The Belles series by @brownbookworm is a favorite on the Truck! “Hard to stop reading!” “If you like Uglies by Scott Westerfield, you'll love this!”
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Shout out to the amazing @lapiphi for their wonderful book grant through @firstbookorg and for all of their support over the years!! #thebooktruck #bookdrive #teenliteracy ...

Lit Boxes for moms and babies @stannestoday , an agency serving pregnant and parenting foster youth!! ...

Some books we brought to the incredible @sbccthrivela ! ❤️📚 ...

So happy to get these books to @firststarcsusb - an awesome organization that mentors foster youth!! ...

Another amazing donation from @bnwcomics !! We FILLED the truck! Thank you to everyone who donated! ...

Lit Boxes dropped off at @schoolonwheels ! They are helping us distribute these books to teens at 23 homeless shelters across LA County!! ...

AMAZING books from a #blackauthorsmatter book drive and fundraiser by @alana.j.w and @iknowjillion !!! Thank you so much!! We can’t wait to share these with the teens we serve! ...

More books for @safeplaceforyouth ! #bookstagram #thebooktruck #literacy ...