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ATTENTION:  Important changes about The Book Fairies!

Starting JUNE 13th through AUGUST 15th, The Book Fairies will be working at a reduced capacity in the warehouse as we work behind the scenes on strategy and infrastructure.   

What changes can you expect during this 2-month period:

      • Guidelines for volunteering:
        • Will only be open ONE DAY A WEEK for volunteer sorting – Tuesdays from 9am – 1pm
        • Volunteer sorting opportunities are limited to 15 people max in the warehouse.
        • Pre-Registration is mandatory for volunteering and spots are available on a first come/first served basis.
        • You must be registered in our NEW system to get notifications for upcoming activities.  Please fill out our application via this link if you want to be on the volunteer list.
        • Due to our limited capacity, volunteers much be at least 15 years old.
        • Also, due to limited capacity, we cannot accommodate volunteers with special needs who require a support person.
      • Guidelines for donating books:
        • We are only accepting donations at our warehouse on Tuesdays between 9am – 1pm.
        • If you have less than 25 books you can drop them in our book bin at our warehouse or see the list of remote drop sites below.
        • Our book drop is for 25 books or less and will only be emptied twice a week.


        • We will NOT be accepting books from Book Drives unless it is a Book Drive that has already been approved by us and is on our calendar.
        • We will NOT be able to arrange for book pick-ups.
      • Request for Books:
        • Requests for book donations will not be accepted at this time.  To sign up for book distribution alerts please fill out this form.
        • We will be having a book distribution event in August.
      • Financial donation:
        • We would not exist without financial support and as we take this “Pause” our focus will be to ensure we have funding to sustain and grow our mission.  We welcome any donations big or small.   

If you have any questions, please email us at

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we take this opportunity to regroup and strategize so we can come out stronger and better positioned to fill our mission.

Because READING is ESSENTIAL, and it starts with a BOOK!

The Book Fairies collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The reading materials foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles, and nurture a love of reading across age groups. Learn how you can help.


The Book Fairies Broke a Guinness World Record By Creating the World’s Longest Line of Books! 

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, a.k.a Guinness World Record Day, The Book Fairies broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Books — a feat that required over 25,000 books and extendsedover 2.64 miles! This ground breaking attempt took place in Wyandanch, an underserved Long Island community whose students lack access to books. The books used to successfully break the Guinness World Record were immediately distributed to the children, families and schools of the Wyandanch community.

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As a teacher in the LYFE Program serving infants and toddlers of young parents I know how important literacy enrichment is. I was interested in encouraging the parents in our program to read to their children daily and develop loving memories which the parents and the children could build from. I found out about Book Fairies by googling book donations. I was interested in in having each family receive a basket of board books to take home and start a library for their child at home. Each family received a basket of books during parent conferences in November. The response has been quite amazing from the parents. Each of the families who received the books clearly did not have many books at home and seemed excited about providing their child with this experience. I think it’s a start in helping them realize what tremendous role models they are for their children.  I think literacy opens endless possibilities.
Evelyn AvilaLYFE Teacher, Jeffery Tenzer H.S., New York City
I am a new Universal Literacy Coach in my school.  My school inherited a library from a now-defunct middle school and has no current librarian, so student resources are low in terms of books for families.  I applied to The Book Fairies based on a tip from an associate, and was TREMENDOUSLY grateful to receive a grant for over 7 boxes of books (about 100 books in total).  I picked the books up and distributed them to families during our Back to School Family Night in September.  The books were DEVOURED by families, students, and teachers!  The books were taken within an hour, and everyone loved the variety of texts and levels!  We are definitely appreciative, and look forward to working with The Book Fairies in the future!
Bianca JacksonUniversal Literacy Coach, Grant Avenue Elementary, Bronx, NY
"I wanted to thank you for all of the books that you gave to my program. On July 12th Leake & Watts had its first PCHP graduation. There were 121 people total that attended. Because of the books that I received from Book Fairies I was able to create a “Free Library.” There is such a large population of kids in the Bronx that don’t have books in their home, and I am glad to be a small part of the effort to increase interaction with literature, and increase a love of learning."
Carol Fernandez De La CruzPCHP Coordinator, Leake and Watts Services, Inc, Yonkers
"From your hard work and dedication in the past two weeks, we have donated two reading novels to every child in our school from Kindergarten to the 8th Grade. Children are already using these literature books to complete summer reading projects. The expressions from the children who received these books was riveting to watch."
Dan SeidTeacher, Roosevelt Children's Academy, Roosevelt
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