Who We Are

Books In Homes USA launched with the driving purpose to end “booklessness” and make a profound impact on the trajectories of our most vulnerable members, children living in underserved communities, by inspiring a love of reading and establishing a foundation for success now and in the future. By forging partnerships with individuals, corporations, and foundations, we afford children opportunities to build their very own home libraries with brand-new books that they’ve selected to own and enjoy.


Books In Homes USA is modeled after Duffy Books In Homes New Zealand. Alan Duff, a New Zealand author identifying that failures in adult life often stem from childhoods spent in bookless homes, created Duffy Books In Homes New Zealand in 1994 and Books In Homes Australia in 2001. After visiting New Zealand during 2005 as part of his doctoral studies through the University of Pennsylvania, Books In Homes USA’s inaugural executive director, Dr. Richard E. Quest, brought the Duffy Books In Homes program to the USA. In 2008, “Duffy Books In Homes USA” launched organizational efforts and received 501(c)(3) approval. Today, the organization is known as “Books In Homes USA”. Several highlights include: the International American Chamber of Commerce Award for International Education Partnerships with Mainfreight (2011); its 300,000th book milestone and expansion to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2015); half-millionth book milestone (2017). Books In Homes USA has reached 213,589 kids, with 633,530 free brand-new high-quality books in 119 locations across New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and California.


New York

Dundee Elementary School
Hammondsport Elementary School
Mount Markham Elementary School
Penn Yan Elementary School
Pine City Elementary School
Riverside Elementary School
Tuscarora Elementary School


New Jersey

First Avenue Elementary School
Lillian M. Dunfee Elementary School




YWCA of Richmond


YMCA Audubon Branch
Blaine Academics Plus
Comly Elementary School
Darby Township Elementary School
Mi Familia Child Care Center
Elwyn South Preschool
Lenfest Center
P. H. Sheridan Elementary School
Southeast Delco Kindergarten
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia
The Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club
The Wissahickon Boys & Girls Club
The Germantown Boys & Girls Club
The Wayne Boys & Girls Club
The NE Frankford Boys & Girls Club
The Sullivan Boys & Girls Club
The Shane Victorino Boys & Girls Club
The Solis-Cohen School Boys & Girls Club
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

Pennsylvania (cont’d)


The Vaird Boys & Girls Club
The West Kensington Boys & Girls Club
Trying Together Pittsburgh
Young Achievers Learning Center
Wawa Welcome America Festival
National Youth Foundation




The Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County




H.W. Longfellow Elementary
Dominguez Elementary
Catskill Avenue Elementary


Frank Bolte
Board President

Kevin Drinkwater
Board Treasurer & Founding Board Member

Greg Howard
Founding Board Member

John Hepworth
Board member

Kate Sylvester
Board Member

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