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We believe that literacy is one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time. We work to realize a world in which all children and families flourish – with access to the tools, resources, and supports that optimize their literacy. 


Our Goal:
Literacy and Justice for All

Growing up – from birth – with an abundance of books is every child’s birthright. Solving any challenge our society faces begins with a foundation of literacy.

Book Harvest influences and mobilizes support for policies that advance early literacy, promote equity, and improve systems that impact children and families.


We stand alongside other key stakeholders in this collective effort – children, parents, families, community leaders, regional and national decision makers. Together, we can serve as advocates, thought partners, and policy influencers.  

Advocacy in Action


“I believe that through literacy we can break a lot of chains, we can dismantle a lot of things that have been built up that are deeply rooted and I believe it is the thing that is really going to transform our world inside out.”

Turquoise LeJeune Parker,
Teacher at Durham Public Schools


Featured Stories

Ginger Young, January 29, 2024

Education NC

As we crest the halfway mark of the 2023-24 academic year, evidence of the disruptions stemming from Covid continues to roll in...

Dec 28, 2023 

The Daily Reflector

A childhood literacy program will begin providing books to families of babies born at Maynard’s Children’s Hospital thanks in part to a $500,000 appropriation from state government, ECU Health announced last week...

Ginger Young, September 6, 2023

The 74


The Supreme Court ruling that struck down affirmative action in college admissions threatens to deny countless students of color a viable path to postsecondary education that is the hallmark of the American dream of opportunity for all... 

Ginger Young, April 24, 2023

Education NC

What a thrill to see children’s literacy covered on the front page of The New York Times on April 16. This analysis of the pedagogical shift to the “science of reading” underscores that a new approach to teaching and learning in the early grades is taking root in classrooms across the country...

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"Once you learn to read you will be forever free."

Frederick Douglass

Learn More

​Contact Mary Mathew, Director of Advocacy, to learn more about how you can partner with us in our work.

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