Bess’s Friends

Books, Beats and Boards

Bess The Book Bus is pleased to work with some amazing organizations that serve young kids too.

Check our Bus Stops when we are “joining forces for good” and having an event near you!


Giving Tree Music

Giving Tree Music often joins Bess on school visits.

Imagine an interactive circle of kids – all drumming together, holding a common pulse and weaving facilitated rhythms into a cohesive, musical experience.

We will drum, dance, sing and laugh together as we learn to “talk” to each other on the drum.

This experience can foster a musical foundation and a sense of self worth to build on for the rest of their lives. This program is not about drumming, but that we use the drums as a vehicle to build community and empower individuals to find their own true voice.

Boards for Bros


We are skateboarders and caring individuals giving ALL kids a chance to have their very own first skateboard. In 2006 at the Skatepark of Tampa, we started to collect and refurbish skateboards to distribute to youth who could not afford their own. In 2014, we became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization fully committed to providing equipment, safe skate spots and youth mentoring in our community.

Why skateboards? The magic of a skateboard is that it a mode of transportation in addition to being a tool for play, a tool for discovery, a tool to develop physical skill, a tool to interact with others who share an interest in skateboarding, a tool to teach problem-solving and a tool to teach perseverance. It is good for the mind and the body. It is fun. It can change someone’s life.

Working Together!