The Book Fairies ONCE UPON A READ-A-THON 2021, is a unique virtual fundraising event that will allow individuals of all ages to participate, at any level, in a month-long reading event in May.  Our goal is to help raise both awareness and funds for The Book Fairies mission of sourcing new and like-new books and distributing them to underserved communities, removing access to books as a barrier to achieving literacy.

While funds raised from this event will help to support all of our programs and our organization in general, our primary focus is our children’s program in which we work to level the playing field for all children, helping to close the achievement gap between low-income children and their middle-class peers.   We do this by providing as many books as possible to children in need, arming them with the tools they need to increase their literacy skills, improve their educational trajectory, and give them a better chance at breaking the cycle of poverty. The Book Fairies does this through Community Book Fairs, Free School Book Fairs, the Summer Totes Program, and Specialty Flash Giveaways.

Through this fundraiser, you will be asked to create a personal page where you can share your reason for joining in The Book Fairies effort.  You will also be able to invite your friends, family, and co-workers to either support you with a donation or join your team by creating their own individual pages.

YOU can be a spark that can help ignite the simplest of changes in the life of a child, giving them the gift of reading.


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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.



Did you know that:

  • 1 in 4 NYC residents cannot read above a 4th grade level?
  • Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare.  
  • Illiteracy costs $232 billion a year in health care costs. The American Medical Association estimates that 46% of adults cannot read and follow medical instructions, incurring medical expenses that are up to four times greater than patients with adequate literacy skills.
  • 90% of high school dropouts are on welfare
  • Price is the #1 barrier to book ownership.