A Message from Hooked on Books for Kids Erie

Hooked on Books for Kids is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization devoted to literacy, the love of reading, and life-long learning among the underprivileged children and youth of Erie County Pennsylvania. It accomplishes these missions by giving brand-new, high quality books to needy children and youth from birth to age 18, by providing adult reading pals to children at the Neighborhood Art House throughout the year, and by sending adult volunteer readers each month to students in grades K through 4 at Wayne School.

Since our founding in 1990, we have distributed over 340,000 books to underprivileged children and youth in Erie County.

Hooked on Books for Kids distributes books through schools, social service agencies, food banks, service organizations, and other non-profits that serve underprivileged children and/or youth in Erie County.

As an all-volunteer organization, we have very low overhead and no paid staff. All funds raised are used to purchase books or for direct program costs such as printing, postage, and warehouse space.

Donations are tax deductible for those who itemize. Our EIN number is 25-1900274.


How To Obtain Our Books

To obtain books, a non-profit group fills out a simple, two-page form and submits it to one of our two distribution persons, as listed on the application. Our primary criterion is that at least 50% of the children served by the non-profit applicant group qualify as economically underprivileged by some objective criterion, such as living in subsidized housing or receiving free or subsidized lunches at school. All children served by the agency receive books if 50% or more quality as economically needy.

Once an application is approved, the non-profit arranges with one of our distribution persons to meet at our headquarters, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2216 Peach St., Erie, PA. A map showing the location is on our application form. The applicant non-profit organization then selects from our current inventory appropriate books for the children and/or youth it serves. We ask you to bring your own boxes.