San Antonio Public Library Foundation - Born to Read

Born to Read


Born to Read impacts children and families in Bexar County by encouraging parents and caregivers to read to children at the earliest stages of life.  We work with partners in our community to distribute age-appropriate books, including bilingual titles, and to encourage utilization of our local libraries.

Born to Read was founded to commemorate the San Antonio Public Library’s 100th anniversary in 2003 by gifting every baby born in San Antonio that year a free “birthday book.” Still going strong after 20 years, Born to Read promotes, encourages, and supports early childhood literacy development through the distribution of pre-k books throughout our community.

Born to Read initially distributed purchased board books intended for infants, babies, and toddlers through the maternity facilities of area hospitals. The program has since expanded to medical clinics as well as other nonprofit and municipal organizations that provide family services throughout Bexar County. Additionally, Born to Read has published a series of bilingual board books, Arte Kids, in partnership with Trinity University Press and the San Antonio Museum of art, that feature artworks from the museum’s vast collection.

Born to Read looks forward to strengthening its role as a strategic resource and distribution point for free pre-K books for individuals, families, and communities that will most benefit. We are proud and grateful to partner with other important nonprofits and organizations committed to supporting early childhood literacy in San Antonio.


To support this program and its efforts, complete the donation form below. 

Make your gift go twice as far by asking your company to match your gift to the San Antonio Public Library Foundation.  If you are interested in learning more about how your company can support, please email our Executive Director, Amy Hone, at

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