About Bess The Book Bus

Our Story

Bess the Book Bus is a Tampa based mobile literacy outreach dedicated to narrowing the achievement gap created by poverty. We build home libraries and a love for reading in our most underserved communities across the USA by making the joy of book ownership a reality for our kids.

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.



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

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Book stores have shop cats, why not book buses?

Building a love for reading!

We can only accomplish this with your help!