Upcoming Summer Slide Book Distribution:

  • July 11, 2024: Golden Gate Community Center
  • July 25, 2024: Everglades Community Center

About Books for Collier Kids

An all-volunteer organization (no paid staff), Books for Collier Kids is nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing new, age-appropriate books to Collier County’s children in-need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books in the home.

As of 2023, we’ve distributed more than 1.9 million books to Collier kids…books to read, share and cherish for life!

In addition to the partners who help us distribute books, we’d also like to thank the following for contributing to our success:

  • Bold Solutions, LLC
  • Collier Community Foundation
  • Davis & Associates, CPAs
  • FineMark National Bank & Trust
  • First Book Marketplace
  • First Horizon Bank
  • Gulfcoast Transportation Systems
  • Magink, LLC
  • Minuteman Press
  • Smith Media & Design

“Thank you for the books. I read the book. I sound out the words that I do not know. You are the best.


I love you. I love you ‘cause you gave us the books.” 

~ Maria, pre-K student, Manatee Elementary School


Board of Directors

  • Chair – Sallie Williams, CFRE
  • Vice Chair – Nora Kolmer
  • Secretary – Deb Geller, Ed.D.
  • Treasurer – Gail Rothenberg
  • Erika Aron
  • David Blum
  • Joe Charles
  • Ana Daniel
  • Bailey Ditty
  • Cheryl Grant
  • Ray Kalich
  • Mary Polizzotto, Ph.D.
  • Emily Watt

Directors Emeritae

  • Marcie Charles, Esq.
  • Donna Eskra
  • Jinny Johnson
  • Peggy Lavigne
  • Sandy Parker
  • Debby Shaver
  • Beth Thompson
  • Jennifer B. Walker
  • Joanne S. Wyss
      Founding Chair

Advisory Council

  • Patricia Barton

  • Susan Dalton

  • Christine Flynn

  • Don Gunther

  • Patricia A. Jilk

  • Rev. Dr. Kathleen Kircher

  • Suzanne Lount

  • Dick Munro

  • Dick Stonesifer

  • Anne Wamser

Honorary Emeritae

  • Dottie Gerrity
  • Mary Henrikson

Books Nook

Additional years are available upon request.