Our Story

Texas Kids Read is built on the idea that every child deserves the chance to achieve literacy and grow into prosperous adults. We provide free books to kids attending Title I elementary schools in Austin, so they have reading materials in the home. Since 2011, we have given away over 20,000 books directly to children at risk of not achieving Texas literacy standards.

As our program grows, so do our community partnerships. With the generous support of Pleasant Hill Elementary, we are able to to store books and host events to sort them. Half Price Books and HEB Read 3 provide critical material support as well as greatly appreciated volunteers. Learn about our volunteer opportunities and ways to Get Involved!

Our Mission

Texas Kids Read promotes early childhood literacy in Central Texas by giving away free books to children in need. We supports the efforts of parents and educators of elementary students with the purpose of improving reading proficiency in under-served communities.


In 2011, David Crump and Mary Capps created Friends of Pleasant Hill with the same mission stated above. In 2013, we expanded to Ortega Elementary in East Austin and adopted the name The Literacy Plus Project. In the Fall of 2016, we refocused our mission and became Texas Kids Read under the dauntless leadership of Rosanne Crump. As we pursue our goals in local communities, we aim to grow our network of partners, contributors, and beneficiaries.