About Bess The Book Bus

Our Story

Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy outreach dedicated to narrowing the academic achievement gap. We instill a love of reading in asset limited communities by supplying high quality books to children, caregivers, and educators and making the joy of book ownership a reality.

Bess the Book Bus’ volunteers and board members envision a nation where all of our children have access to the basic resources they need to be successful in school and later in life.

In 2022 we celebrated our 20th birthday and gave away our millionth book!


Bess the Book Bus serves 25,000+ kids and gives away over 50,000 books in dozens of states across the USA each year.

In 2022 we gave away our Millionth Book!

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Books Donated

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Meet Atticus

Book stores have shop cats, why not book buses?

Building a love for reading!

We can only accomplish this with your help!