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Bridge The Gap

Promoting Literacy & Culture

Culture Books Literacy and Cultural Reading Program is a 501(c)3 founded in Chattanooga, TN. We are on a mission to spread a message of hope, compassion and academic excellence. America's children are the victim's of the country's literacy crisis and struggle with basic reading skills at an alarming rate. Culture Books believes that a single action can make a difference , and that collective action can put children on a path to lifelong success. We combine reading outreach and cultural advocacy to shape a  brighter world for our children. Our Culture Kids develop a love for learning and a sense of community.


The Need

Literacy & Diversity Crisis

  • 34% of children entering kindergarten lack basic skills needed to read. 65% of 4th graders read below level. 37% of students graduate high school at or above reading proficiency.

  • 5% of children books in a 2018 study featured Latinx characters. 1% were American Indians. 7% were Asian Pacific Islander. 10% were African American. 27% were about Animals. 50% were about white characters.

Kids Reading Book in Park

Our Solution

The Fundementals Rooted in Culture

Our mission is two-fold. We are giving children reading fundamentals, like comprehension and retention, to excel academically. At the same time, we are equipping our youngest generation with a hunger to embrace diversity. Our book selections empower children of color with characters that look like them, while exposing all families to culture.


Our Course of Action

Create Lifelong Readers & Leaders

Outdoor Family Day

Cultural Events

One Step at a Time

Boy Reading Tablet

Summer Reading Camp

Helping The Community

School Bus & Children

Scholarship & Travel

Reinforcing our Commitment

Happy Kids with Books

Book Giveaway

Giving Gift of Knowledge

Image by Susan Yin

Nelson Mandela

" Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world."