The Oakland Literacy Coalition works to ensure that all students have access to high quality books and literacy-rich environments at school, home, and across the community. All young people deserve to have books that they enjoy, see themselves and their experiences reflected in, and that spark their curiosity and love of learning.

We curate, source, and distribute books to teachers, school libraries, and community partners to share with their students and families.

Books at the OLC office
The Oakland Literacy Coalition office is set up as a “free bookstore” for community partners to distribute books through our Reading Everywhere programs.


The Oakland Literacy Coalition helps staff book distributions and curates books for the Eat. Learn. Play. Bus, a mobile resource center aiming to distribute more than 100,000 books and other educational resources to kids and families where they are most often, including at Oakland Unified Schools, summer camps, food distribution sites, preschools, and special community events like Christmas with the Currys. The driver’s side features a free bookstore that holds thousands of age-and-culturally appropriate books for Oakland children.

Together with the Eat. Learn. Play. FoundationLiterati, and Oakland Public Library, we identify culturally appropriate stories that mirror students’ daily lives, encouraging them to explore their identities with curiosity and kindness and others that provide windows to new perspectives and possibilities.

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