We want infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-age children to have the chance to enjoy looking at quality children's books, to hear books read aloud, and to practice their emerging reading skills.
We want to help children love reading and learn to read well.

That's why the Soho Center has given away about $15 million of quality children's books in Virginia.

Soho has given books to Title I Public Elementary Schools, over 1,000 Head Start Classrooms, UVa Children's Hospital, the USO, 92 Public Libraries, the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, 300 Boys & Girls Clubs and After-school Programs, Family Child Care Homes, Home-Visitor Programs, Community Groups, United Way-TJA, and more.
V I D E O S -

  • .Monthly Delivery of 7,500 Children's Books - Click (60 seconds)
  • Video Update on Soho's Book Giveaways - Click (60 seconds)
  • Soho's "Free Books" Carts at UVa Children's Hospital - Click (30 seconds)
  • 150,000 Books Arriving at Soho's Warehouse - Click (32 seconds)
  • NEW:  NBC/WVIR-TV coverage of Soho's RED! project - Click (3 minutes)
  • NEW:  CBS-19 /NewsPlex coverage of Soho's RED! project - Click (90 seconds)

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Over 195,000 Books to Head Start
The Soho Center has given over 195,000 quality, hardcover children's books to every one of the 1,026 Head Start classrooms across Virginia.  Head Start classrooms use Soho's quality books for daily classroom use and for family-lending libraries. (Please click button to see how we do our Book Giveaways and what children and teachers have written about the books)

Over 350,000 Books for
UVa Children's Hospital
Soho has given over 350,000 quality children's books to the University of Virginia Children's Hospital for sick children and their siblings. Books are given away at UVa Children's Hospital, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and by UVA pediatricians in several locations.  (Please click button for details - including link to a 30-second video)

Soho has also recently started our innovative BABY! project (Books At Birth, Yes!).  BABY! gives gift bags of quality children's books and resource materials for parents to every mother giving birth at UVA Hospital.(Please click button for photos)

The RED! Project

RED! (Read Every Day!) is an important new initiative of the Soho Center.  RED! gives entering  kindergarten students in Title I elementary schools one book each day for the first ten days of school.  RED! is being piloted in 19 Title I public elementary schools in Charlottesville, Albermarle, Louisa, and Orange. 

Tens of Thousands of Books for Boys & Girls Clubs
Soho has given tens of thousands of quality children's books and writing journals to all Boys & Girls Clubs in Central Virginia and other areas of Virginia.  (Please click button for details)

Over 50,000 Books for Public Libraries

Soho has given tens of thousands of children's books to 92 public libraries in Virginia for their summer reading / feeding programs.  Soho has also donated an additional 30,000 children's books to support the Library of Virginia's statewide efforts to have children read many books before kindergarten. (Please click button for details and photos)

 Books for First Lady's statewide "Back to School" Tour
The Soho Center provided quality children's books for First Lady Pam Northam's "Back to School " Tour.  Soho's books were given to Title I elementary schools and early childhood programs to promote children's literacy and education.   (Please click button for details)

Over 40,000 Books for United Way of Southwest Virginia
Soho has partnered with the United Way of Southwest Virginia and provided over 40,000 quality children's books to help low-income children in 13 counties and two cities.  Books are given away at multiple community sites to support grade level reading and summer learning for many low-income children.  

Over 30,000 Books for the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia
The USOHRCV serves military members and their families at eleven locations in Virginia.  The USOHRCV, which serves the largest concentration of military families in the country, will give over 30,000 of Soho's books to children whose parents serve in all branches of the U.S. military. 

Thousands of Books for United Way - TJA (Charlottesville)

Soho has partnered with the United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area to donate and distribute quality children's books to many local community groups and sites, with an emphasis on providing board books and picture books to low-income children. 

Over 20,000 Books for REACH
REACH community volunteers will read Soho's books to children in homeless shelters and domestic abuse shelters - and they'll give children in homeless and domestic abuse shelters Soho's books as gifts.  Soho's books are also shared with multiple community organizations serving low-income and at-risk youth throughout Coastal Virginia. 

Over 50,000 Books for State-wide Education Conferences
Soho has given over 50,000 children's books to early childhood educators, family child care providers, and after-school programs.  Collections of books are given to participants attending annual professional development conferences across Virginia each year. (Please click button for details and photos)

Over 135,000 Books for
the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Soho has given the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU over 135,000 quality children's books for sick children and their siblings.  Soho will give the Hospital additional books each year.  (Please click button for details)

Books for Home Visitor Programs

Soho has given, and will continue to give, thousands of children's books to nonprofit organizations across Virginia to give to low-income parents and children at parenting sessions and home visits.  (Please click button for details and photos)

Over 25,000 Books for Novant Health - UVA Health System in Culpeper
Soho has given the hospital over 25,000 quality children's books for children in their birthing center, pediatrics practices, Wellness Facility, and ER. (Please click button for details)

15,000 Writing Journals for PVCC Students

Soho has given 15,000 writing journals to Piedmont Virginia Community College as a gift for their students.
 (Please click button for details and photo)

Over 10,000 Books for ToyLift
Soho has given over 10,000 children's books to ToyLift  to be given to children in Charlottesville and Central Virginia as Holiday gifts. (Please click button for details and photos)

Regional Church Libraries

Soho has helped create libraries of quality children's books in rural churches to encourage literacy, school readiness, and school success. (Please click button for details and photos)

Supporting UVa's Hospital Education Program
Soho has helped to expand the in-house library at the Hospital used to teach young hospitalized patients and their siblings. (Please click button for details and photos)

Friend of Head Start

Soho's Director, Jeanna Beker, receives "Friend Of Head Start Award" at the Head Start Association's annual conference. (Please click button for details and photos)


Books for Title I Kindergarten Students and Schools
Soho would like to give over 100,000 quality children's books to Title I kindergarten students and classrooms to promote children's literacy, support emerging reading skills, and help narrow the achievement gap for low-income children.  Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.

Books for Children's Hospitals
Soho would like to give tens of thousands of quality children's books to additional children's hospitals. These books would be given away to toddlers to teens at hospital visits, doctor visits, and at pediatric clinics to ease anxiety and encourage children's literacy.  Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.

Books for Home Visitors
Soho would like to give 50,000 quality children's books to parent-educators who do home visits in order to enhance children's literacy and school readiness as well as to help narrow the achievement gap for low income children. Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.

SEEKING FUNDING - Books for Military-based Children's Programs
Soho would like to donate age-appropriate quality children's books to early childhood programs and Boys & Girls Clubs on military bases in Virginia. Soho would also like to donate quality children's books to a children's hospital that serves military families.  Please contact us at 540-923-5012 if you would like to support this project.


Soho Center was selected as one of America's 125 top-rated
"Children and Families Nonprofits"



With your support, the Soho Center is ready to expand Book Giveaways to include
more public elementary schools in low-income communities and more children's hospitals,
public libraries, military bases, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other
child-related programs for low-income kids

For information about helping the Soho Center give away more children's books
, please email us

Soho is part of the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC).
For more information on how to donate through the CVC, please email us.

Soho gets annual independent audits, and our administrative expenses are only 1% each year.

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