Reading Programs
Fostering a love of reading
Smiles from students, like Zatayveu, often fill the room during one-on-one story time in our Books for Kids Library.

Reading Programs in Milwaukee

Books for Kids

Research shows that the number of books available to your child may surpass all other variables in predicting their first grade reading achievement and long-term success in school. Every year, Next Door’s Books for Kids program distributes thousands of new or “gently used” books to children living in Milwaukee’s central city. Books are provided free to families to promote reading at home.

In 2015, Next Door celebrated the 25th anniversary of Books for Kids. Watch this tribute video to the program’s founder, Mary Kellner, and long-time Books for Kids supporter, Harley-Davidson Motor Company.