A Unique Mission & history

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 to make sure that every child has access to books and every opportunity to fulfill their dreams and explore their passion.

We are a Giving Library and Literacy Center in North Philadelphia with a dual purpose: to provide free books to the community and spread knowledge and awareness. We also provide 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. Giving Library is open six days a week for our families. In our literacy programs, we have re-imagined 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 house is the #1 indicator of a child’s potential for success, we distribute thousands of Take-Home Libraries - curated bundle 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 - to join 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!