Building a Bridge with Books

Bridge of Books a Rumson-based nonprofit, distributes books to kids at risk.

Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons: Ali Edwards.

Many of us take childhood literacy for granted. Not Abby Daly, founder of Bridge of Books Foundation, which has put more than 600,000 books in the hands of children.

For some Jersey kids, books are an unaffordable luxury. Other families have an abundance of books in need of new homes. Bridge of Books connects these two worlds, distributing books to kids at risk. The Rumson-based nonprofit promotes book drives and accepts individual donations and publisher overstocks.

Daly, a former attorney with the state of New Jersey, wants all Jersey children to have their own books. “Without the ability to learn to read,” said Daly at a recent TED Talk, “children will have a difficult time transitioning to reading to learn.”

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