KidsRead/Books for NYC Schools

Are you interested in our Books for NYC Schools book donation program? 



Each year, The Center for Fiction gathers thousands of books that we distribute to NYC Schools. We are now working with over 60 schools and we are always looking for new schools to join the program. 


Included in our Books for NYC Schools Program are other community organizations that need children’s books. Pictured below are Harriet Stein, coordinator of the Union Settlement/OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program and Reginald Blackwell from the Union Settlement Fatherhood Program, making their own selections from children’s books donation!



Participating school librarians and teachers are encouraged to create a Wish List of books they would like to receive. You create the list, and we collect donations through our website. We also solicit donations of specific books from publishers and purchase others with the help of foundation and corporate support. 


All of our programs are free to eligible schools and organizations! 


If you think your school or organization could benefit from this book donation program, please call (212) 755-6710 or email Jon Michaud at



Interested in our KidsRead events?



Throughout the school year, The Center for Fiction brings in children's and YA authors like Sofia Quintero, Daniel José Older, Jacqueline Woodson, and Coe Booth to speak with classes of NYC students. Authors talk about their books, how they became avid readers and writers, and about the life of a professional writer. Students have an opportunity to ask questions and to truly engage with the author. Often, writing exercises are a part of the experience. We work with the publisher to provide free copies of the books in advance to students, so that the reading is integrated into the classroom curriculum either before or following the event. Our goal is to engender a love of reading and writing in students. For many students, the signed book they take away from the event marks the beginning of a cherished home library and a lifelong love affair with books. 


All of our programs are free to eligible schools and organizations! 


To participate in a KidsRead event, please call (212) 755-6710 or email Rosie Clarke at We'll tell you about upcoming events and keep you informed about events in the future.



For photos and videos from past KidsRead events, visit our KidsRead event archive.