KidsREAD! is an ongoing book donation program based in Orange County, California, that provides books for children in need. Since 2010, KidsREAD! has donated over 150,000 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 Bat Mitzvah project. With the help of her classmates, Megan collected over 13,000 books to be donated to kids in need and to replace books damage or lost in disasters around the country. Megan and her family continued to grow the Kids READ! program in partnership with the Orange County Children’s Book Festival and in 2014, they turned over the program to the Book Festival. Under the direction of Book Festival co-founder, Barry Ackerman, KidsREAD! has been able to deliver books into the hands of tens of thousands of children including donations to children in remote villages in Africa, Borneo, Malaysia, and Nepal.

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