Our Mission

The Brooklyn Book Bodega increases the number of 100+ homes in Brooklyn. Research shows that households with 100+ books boosts life outcomes for children and adolescents.



We think that the way to invite kids into this world of knowledge is by making as few barriers to entry as possible. That’s why we are free and we have kids browse and select books they want to read.

— Rebecca Cohen, Seema Aghera, Tamara Jachimowicz, co-founders


Our vision is to create a vibrant and welcoming community that encourages children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds - racial, cultural, linguistic,and socioeconomic- to engage with each other over a shared passion for reading while building their personal libraries.

We Believe In

Access: There should be zero barriers to getting access to books.

Choice: Children should be able to choose what they want to read and they should have plenty of options.

Ownership: Children should have books in their homes. Books that they want to read now and books to savor for later.

Discovery: Books act as windows and as mirrors. Kids should see themselves reflected in the characters they encounter and they should discover unknown worlds and new ideas in the books they read.

Re-use: We believe in new lives for old books. Books are meant to be read multiple times. It is hard to know who to pass on books you have enjoyed. Books often end up in landfills or left outside in Brooklyn for people to pick up.

Community: Purposeful interactions to build community engagement.