Resolution Read

Each year, the Junior League of Washington’s (JLW) Resolution Read initiative donates thousands of new books to children across the Washington, DC, community. We focus these book donations in areas where access to books is historically low, particularly DC’s Wards 5, 7, and 8. Providing early access to books sets children up for future success in school and beyond.

Since 2012, when JLW began Resolution Read to donate 100,000 books in honor of our centennial anniversary, we have placed more than 130,000 books in the hands of DC children at home, in their schools, in libraries, and through other nonprofit organizations. In 2019-2020, the League will donate more than 6,000 books.

Resolution Read provides books to programs focused on:

  • The importance of reading aloud to children;
  • Placing age-appropriate books in the homes of children; and
  • Providing more books to schools and libraries, with a large emphasis on children from birth to fifth grade.

In addition to providing books to JLW’s current community partners, Resolution Read partners with organizations like Everybody Wins! DC and the DC Public Library to facilitate book distributions to targeted communities.

We are excited to begin accepting applications for 2020-2021. Applications are accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis as funds are available. Criteria for determining eligibility are provided in the application.

If you know of an organization that may be interested in receiving books, or you have additional ideas on how JLW can better support literacy in the greater Washington, DC, community through Resolution Read, please email us at

If you would like to support JLW’s Mission, including Resolution Read, please click here to make a donation.