KidsREAD! is an ongoing book donation program based in Orange County, California, that provides books for children in need. Since 2010, KidsREAD! has donated new and gently used books to children in Title I schools, disaster areas, hospitals, youth clubs, refugee programs and homeless shelters.

KidsREAD! was created by 12 year-old Megan Mettler as a Community Service project. With the help of her classmates, Megan collected over 13,000 books to be donated to kids in need and to replace books damaged or lost in disasters around the country. Megan and her family continued to grow the Kids READ! program and in 2014, they turned over the program to Barry Ackerman, co-founder of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival.  To date, KidsREAD! has been able to donate books to over 173,000 children, including donations to children in remote villages in Africa, Borneo, Malaysia, and Nepal.  Our most recent programs are donating books to new Mothers and their babies upon discharge from the hospital and distributing books about space exploration to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as part of the National Space Society STEM program. 

For more information about Kids READ!,  contact Barry Ackerman  714-838-4528




  • Book Publishers
  • Book Distributors
  • Authors
  • Illustrators
  • Parents and Grandparents
  • Educators
  • Organizations that do book drives
  • 45% of the books are new
  • 55% of the books are gently used

Yes – the books are cleaned and sorted into three age groups:

  • Pre-K to 2nd grade (Board books to Early Reader)
  • 3rd to 5th Grade (chapter books & middle grade)
  • 6th grade and above (tween, teen and young adult)

Yes, there are instances where we need to purchase new books at a wholesale price, so cash donations are very  much appreciated.

Kids READ! donates books to 25,000 children in need every year. 

  • Title I schools
  • Children’s Hospitals
  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Homeless Shelters
  • Disaster areas (to replace lost or damaged books)
  • Schools in third world countries