The Book Project

Having books in the home is directly linked to a child’s future success in the classroom and in life. Yet not all families have the same level of access to this critical resource. At the same time, the vast majority of children's books do not represent all readers. Less than 30% of all children's books are centered on non-white characters or perspectives. 

The Book Project helps address these two issues - access and representation - by distributing thousands of free books each year with a focus on titles that celebrate diverse voices, experiences, and communities. Since the program's launch in 2018, EWDC has given away more than 20,000 free books to thousands of children across the DC region. During the 2021-22 program year, more than 70% of the books distributed were diverse, helping young readers in all communities see themselves and their dreams represented on the page. 


  • Interested in supporting The Book Project by hosting a book drive or delivering books to EWDC program locations? Email
  • Want to learn more about The Book Project's impact? Please see our annual Impact Reports.
  • Ready to give a child the gift of reading? Make a donation today.


Learn more about EWDC's commitment to increasing access to diverse books and how we work with community partners to put representative books directly into children's hands.

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