To give every Portland child the opportunity to grow up surrounded by books that spark the imagination, build curiosity and open minds to limitless possibilities, because two-thirds of children living in poverty have no books of their own at home.
Bottom Line for Portland
Last year, CBB filled 8,554 children’s homes and lives with community-donated books to keep and enjoy over and over again. CBB eliminates “booklessness” by giving underserved children engaging books that increase vocabulary and early reading skills, foster critical brain development and a love of reading, and support parent-child bonding.
“We didn’t have many books before getting our green bag. Having books available makes it easier for me to read with my children at bedtime. My favorite part is when they ask questions about what’s going on in the book.”
—Head Start parent whose child received a CBB book collection