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The Book Truck

Cornelia joined forces with bookseller and librarian Elizabeth Dragga to create this very special organization. The Book Truck is a non-profit organization that gives away free books to teens in under-served communities.

We believe that every book is unique, every teen is an individual, and every person is a reader. Our mission is to empower each teen to find the books that nourish their heart and mind. Through our work, we are building a community of readers.

The need for literacy cannot be overstated.  Only 1/3 of students entering high school are proficient in reading.  Low literacy rates are linked to poverty, teen pregnancy, and a life in prison.

Books shouldn't be a luxury. Kids with access to their own books have significantly higher reading scores than their non-book-owning peers. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books to kids is one age-appropriate book for every 300 children. Meanwhile, in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 13 age-appropriate books per child.

With reading, there is hope.