We believe the power of literacy transforms the lives of children, their families and communities for the better.
Putting free books in the hands of children.
Books Are Wings seeks to provide every child with regular access to books.
BAW works to engage students in their classrooms, at school functions, community events, and playgrounds.
We believe that offering books to children in different environments instills a consistent message that reading is not just school work- it’s a way of life!
Our Core Values
Community: We provide events and programs that promote a community centered culture of literacy.
Equity: We believe that all children deserve a choice of high-quality reading materials.
Diversity: One of our top priorities is to make sure that the books we distribute are in good condition, historically accurate and representative of our diverse world.
Environmentalism: We recycle books that deserve to be read, giving gently used books a new life.
Books Are Wings was founded in 1998 by Elizabeth M Dennigan, her family, and a group of dedicated volunteers committed to literacy, reading, libraries, and fun.
New and “gently” used books were collected from local friends and neighbors and distributed at day care and community centers.
In 2003, BAW incorporated into a 501 (c) 3 non- profit organization. With active Board members, and dedicated community involvement, BAW committed itself to children, community service, and literacy.
Unique book parties began at local libraries and parks, giving children the opportunity to experience the joy of reading by choosing their own books.
Today, BAW works with over 100 volunteers a year and distributes over 75,000 books annually in cities and schools around the state of Rhode Island.