Approximately 1.4 million children in Houston and across the Texas Gulf Coast were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Books can help children and families cope with the psychological trauma caused by a natural disaster.

80% of Houston Children

are economically disadvantaged. Books are a luxury their families cannot afford.

1 out of 4 Third Graders

in Houston do not meet reading standards. They are 4 times more likely to drop out.

1 Book per 300 Households

is available in low income families. The book gap contributes to the achievement gap. 

It Starts at Home

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. 

Bridging the Gap

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. 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. 

Here is how a My Home Library Build Event works:

  1. The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation orders a large collection of brand new, popular children’s books from our book partners.
  2. All children within a partner school or licensed childcare center are given an opportunity to participate in the event, during which they choose six books with help from volunteers and staff.
  3. Children are given book marks, bags and their six books at no cost to them thanks to our sponsors and donors.
  4. Children leave wearing big smiles and carrying the tools they need to become strong readers.

Our Impact

My Home Library has Served

4,743

Houston students in need

2017-2018 Academic Year Goal

25,000

Home libraries to students and children in need from all across the Greater Houston area

 my home library has PROVIDED

3,443

HOME LIBRARIES TO STUDENTS for the 2017-2018 academic year

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.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to strengthening literacy and basic education skills of individuals of all ages. The Foundation believes books provide a powerful gift. They not only inspire creativity, increase knowledge and foster dreams, but studies have shown that access to print materials is a leading indicator in a child’s success in reading. By supporting My Home Library, we are helping ensure all children have access to quality books in their home.

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