Why the Focus on Books?

80% of kids who own books read above grade level.

Increases Reading Level

500 books in the home = 2.4 extra years of education

500 Books - 2.4 Yrs
Increases Grade Level

90 Minutes of Daily Reading = 88% Increase in Test Scores

daily reading - test scores
Increases Test Scores

What We Do


Launch Pad collects children’s books from a variety of sources such as but are definitely not limited to, families that have outgrown them, teachers that are retiring, libraries that are overstocked and authors that want to make a contribution.


When opportunities arise, Launch Pad will use program funds to buy specific books. The books might be purchased from the non-profit program First Book, Ebay, Goodwill or other low cost book sellers. This gives the program a chance to stock hard to find children’s books (like Spanish language books) as well as brand new ones.

Giveaway Events

The primary way that Launch Pad delivers books to the families and children that need them is through book giveaway events. We work with other non-profits in the Santa Cruz County area to create events where the families they service can come with their children to a “book fair” and pick out books for no cost.


Launch Pad can also give away books by assembling book packs for specific families and children. Those book packs can be delivered to any program in the county and can then be dispersed to the right people.


When supplies allow, Launch Pad partners with schools to provide reading material for their kids. If a library needs a few extra books, a classroom needs a library or a class is looking to read a specific book together, Launch Pad works with local schools to try to provide the necessary books.


Often families recognize the importance of reading, but lack specific knowledge on how to most effectively use reading time and materials. Launch Pad provides tips, ideas and recommendations for families on the best ways to encourage and support reading!

Give Books

Learn how you can help Launch Pad! We are an all volunteer organization and we are always looking for more dedicated members of the community to help. Become a volunteer, donate books and money, or help us get the word out!

Get Books

Find out how to get free children's books from Launch Pad. We host book giveaway events throughout the year and we partner with local nonprofit organizations to get free books for their communities. Dates and times for events and giveaways are listed on this website.

Total Books ReHomed

1,178 / 1,000

Reached our goal of 1000 books for the year and still counting!

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