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BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), a program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation (, is one of the fastest growing literacy programs in the country. Our volunteer actors read aloud to children at public elementary schools, museums, hospitals, fairs, online and on the phone helping to introduce them to the wonderful world of reading and literacy.

BookPALS is founded on a clear premise: children must be exposed to the magic of books to develop a love of reading. Who better to make that magic come alive than actors, gifted in the art of storytelling?

Established in 1993 by Barbara Bain (Mission: Impossible) BookPALS now proudly claims 13 chapters across the country: Arizona, Atlanta, Boston, Carolinas, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Nationally, BookPALS’ 2000 dedicated volunteers serve more than 100,000 preschool to 5th grade students in more than 1500 schools each week.


BookPALS builds on the success of other national and local literacy efforts. BookPALS is the national cosponsor for the National Education Association’s Read Across America literacy campaign. BookPALS also coordinates its efforts with community groups, local governments and school districts, corporations and nonprofit organizations. BookPALS Washington, DC/Baltimore partnerships include: Border’s Books, New Line Cinema, PEOPLE Magazine, Starbucks Coffee, Einstein Brothers Bagels, Chevy Chase Library, The National Book Bank, First Book, Walden Media and The Swedish Embassy.

For more information

Please contact:
Marybeth Kaplan BookPALS Coordinator, Washington, DC/Baltimore
(301) 946-7585 (301) 455-5956