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A Yound Man in the Library

Who We Are

We are a coalition of nonprofits, book distribution programs, literacy projects, book publishers, librarians, and university professors. We are authors, educators, and literacy advocates who aim to foster and grow positive reading cultures in homes, schools, and communities across the country. We promote a culture of literacy across the nation.

Our Beliefs

Reading Books in Library

Our Story

Our work started in 2019, with the creation of the End Book Deserts podcast. The podcast, and subsequent non-profit, aimed to bring awareness to the 32 million American children who lack access to books in their homes, schools, and/or communities.  In August 2021, over 900 literacy advocates registered for the virtual two-day End Book Deserts event. The Coalition for Literacy Equity subsequently formed, in response to an overwhelming demand to continue literacy advocacy and collaboration.

What We Mean


We envision equity as the elimination of disadvantage and disparities that have historically excluded particular groups. Inherent in this consideration is ‘a redistribution of resources to schools, communities, students, and families who need us the most’ (see Banks & Banks, 1995; Ladson-Billings, 1995, 2017).

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