About Books for Kids

Our Mission

The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life.

Books for Kids is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with our main office located in New York City. We operate with the belief that every child deserves access to the life-changing experiences that come from having literacy advocates championing for them every day. By working with families, schools, and communities, we hope to ensure each child in our programs enters kindergarten with the same knowledge and love for reading as their more affluent peers.

Our Staff

Robin AdelsonExecutive Director
Lisa Francese ~ Program Director
Mitchell Cohen ~ Development Manager
Samantha Salloway ~ Community Manager

As the ones who conduct our programs and interact with the children, families, and teachers every week, our Library Specialists operate at the heart of what we do. All of our Library Specialists are qualified professionals who bring their unique backgrounds and teaching styles to our programs.

Amanda Deutch ~ Library Specialist (NYC)
Tanya Dougherty ~ Library Specialist (NYC)
Latifah Hasan ~ Library Specialist (Boston)
Sarah Leibman ~ Library Specialist (Los Angeles)
Alexandra Pontillas ~ Library Specialist (Las Vegas)
Ashley Weismantel ~ Library Specialist (NYC)
Cassandra Williams ~ Library Specialist (Alabama)