Blue Manatee Literacy Project (BMLP) is a team of early childhood educators, physicians and social entrepreneurs that has reinvented a children's independent bookstore as an engine for literacy skills awareness and development for disadvantaged children. We distribute books to specific under-resourced schools and programs supporting our target communities.
When you buy a book with us, we donate one to a child in need.
40% of children entering kindergarten in disadvantaged neighborhoods struggle to read at grade level. 75% of those same students remain at a similar risk as they enter third grade. 80% of preschool and after-school programs that serve low income populations have no age appropriate reading materials. That's where you come in.
With Blue Manatee Literacy Project, for every book you purchase with us, we donate a book to a child in the Cincinnati area who might not have access to one. It doesn't matter what book you buy, whether YA, adult fiction, picture book, early reader--we still donate a children's book to a child in need. YOUR love of reading helps spread that love all across the Queen City!