A Unique History & Mission

Tree House Books is on a mission to grow and sustain a community of readers, writers, and thinkers in Philadelphia. Founded in 2005, our vision is that every child has access to books and every opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

We are a Giving Library and Literacy Center in North Philadelphia with a dual purpose: we provide free books to the community, and Out of School Time (OST) programs that increase literacy skills, and promote a lifelong love of reading and writing in children from their earliest moments, through high school, and beyond.

Our Giving Library is a true community center, as well as a by-donation bookstore, that is open six days a week for our families. In our literacy programs, we have reimagined the way OST programming can support our children, with a 2:1 student-to-instructor ratio at every level. Finally, understanding that books in the home is the #1 indicator of a child’s potential for success, we distribute thousands of Take-Home Libraries - curated bundles of books, with whole family activity packets - to children all over Philadelphia.

We enlist the entire community - children, families, students, educational institutions, businesses, and more - in joining with us in a spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy to change lives and have an impact on literacy in Philadelphia!

Click here to see our 2017 Annual Report!