Read the Word. Read the World.

Tree House Books opened in 2005 with a mission to grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers in North Central Philadelphia. Tree House Books services its mission through the Life with Books Literacy Initiative, in which staff and volunteers work with neighborhood youth ages 6-14 and empower them to build their literacy skills by engaging them in thorough and consistent reading, and by assisting them in applying these skills to all aspects of their intellectual, emotional, and cultural development.


We have a true passion for books.

Tree House Books is located in North Philadelphia and operates as a used community bookstore, literary center, and public space. In addition our book-based programs, Tree House Books offers and a free book-delivery program called Words on Wheels. As of  2014, Tree House Books has given away over 61,000 free books. 

To see a list of our programs and ways to get involved, explore the tabs at the top of this page.