Birdie's Bookmobile is a school bus we converted into a "giving library" filled with FREE BOOKS for children in Detroit. We also have 7 Little Free Libraries that we curate. Data suggest that children with access to books have better literacy outcomes. Our mission is to make culturally sustaining and inclusive children's books more accessible to children living in Detroit.
Birdie's Bookmobile visits summer camps, events, community organizations, and schools and makes scheduled Birdie's Bookmobile Bus Stops at our Little Free Libraries.
We accept gently used children's books and charitable donations.
Only 19% of households in Wayne County have 100 or more books. 100 books is the threshold of being considered a print-rich environment.
In Oakland County, 36% of households have 100 or more books, and in Macomb County, 34% have 100 or more books.
United Way of Southeastern Michigan
Looking for an opportunity to support children in Detroit? We have curated a list of board books, picture books, graphic novels, and chapter books we think will make lovely additions to our bookmobile.
The books on our list are interesting and relatable, use engaging language, and are beautifully illustrated. Children will like reading them, and we think the adults reading with them will like them too!
Host a Books for Birdie Book Drive in one or multiple locations any time of the year.
Our Book Drive Toolkit provides all the information and resources needed to organize and run a successful book drive — a flier, approved logos, and email and social media templates.
Please complete the Book Drive Form
and Download the Toolkit
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