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 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.


Resolution Read was founded by JLW in 2012 with an aim to donate 100,000 in honor of our centennial anniversary. Since then, we made direct donations and fostered collaborations with other organizations to put more than 140,000 books in the hands of children in their homes, in their schools, and in libraries. 

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.

We are excited to begin accepting applications for 2023 – 2024 book recipients. 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 Resolution Read can better support literacy in the greater Washington, DC, community, please email us at

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