are economically disadvantaged. Books are a luxury their families cannot afford.
in Houston do not meet reading standards. They are 4 times more likely to drop out.
is available in low income families. The book gap contributes to the achievement gap.
Time with books at home is extremely important to child literacy, yet the average number library in homes below the poverty line is less than one book. My Home Library is working with donors and literacy groups to give children the books they need to develop reading skills that will create a pathway to success in life.
Through My Home Library, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is able to negotiate best-in-class pricing with book publishers, including Arté Publico, Bright Sky Press, Longtale Publishing, Penguin Random House, and Scholastic, to help make sponsoring a child’s home library affordable. Donors may sponsor a home library for an individual child, sponsor home libraries for a classroom, a grade level, or a school, or make a general donation in support of the My Home Library initiative.
Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic impact on the Greater Houston Region and down the Gulf Coast of Texas, flooding schools and homes and affecting tens of thousands of children. Many lost everything, including their books. To help children in need regain access to books in their home, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation will host My Home Library Build Events at schools and licensed childcare centers across the greater Houston area.
You can support a child by participating as a volunteer at a My Home Library Build Event, or by making a tax-deductible donation. For every $5 donation, we will be able to place a book in the hands of children. Thank you for helping us reach our goal to provide 25,000 children a home library this school year!
My Home Library has Served
Houston students in need
2017-2018 Academic Year Goal
Home libraries to students and children in need from all across the Greater Houston area
my home library has PROVIDED
HOME LIBRARIES TO STUDENTS FROM THREE SCHOOLS AND ONE PRE-K CENTER
Phillips 66 and our employees are giving our energy in the communities where our employees live and work. We support organizations that provide education and literacy, protect the environment, encourage sustainability and enable community safety and preparedness. Through the generosity of our employees, Phillips 66 is proud to continue supporting the great work of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the My Home Library Initiative.