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Special thanks to FirstBook for the gift of new books for all of our schools!

This fall, GBCJL was the recipient of a grant of books from First Book, a wonderful organization determined to see that all children, regardless of their economic conditions, achieve more in school and in life through access to new books.

First Book has provided more than 100 million new books to schools and programs serving children in need, and GBJCL is very pleased to be among their recipients this year.

We thank FirstBook, in partnership with Disney Hyperion, for the opportunity to share new books with each of our partner schools in honor of our work together.  We are grateful to each of our schools for welcoming GBJCL, and we are inspired by the hard work of the students and faculty. GBJCL partner schools will receive titles including, Wiener Wolf by Jeff Crosby, Clementine By Sara Pennypacker  and Dinosaur Vs the Library by Bob Shea, to enrich the literate lives of their students.

The Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy

(GBJCL) mobilizes the Jewish community to help elementary school children discover the joy of reading. Through partnerships with synagogues, Jewish community organizations, day schools and local businesses GBJCL engages volunteers in school based one-to-one reading tutoring, book drives and advocacy efforts in under-served communities.  The GBJCL provides professional training and resources to enable program participants to provide the most effective support to the students and schools they serve. To learn more about the GBJCL, click here.

GBJCL accepts applicants throughout the year to participate as volunteers in our tutoring program. If you are interested in sharing your time and talents by supporting students in our area schools please click here to apply.

To learn how else you can get involved with our program, visit our "Get Involved" webpage.


"Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere." - Hazel Rochman, Author and ALA Booklist Editor. Find out more about the GBJCL- click here!