Cleveland Schools Book Fund


Cleveland Schools Book Fund History

The Cleveland Schools Book Fund is an endowed program committed to placing high quality, hardback fiction books in each and every Pre K-Grade 4 classroom in Cleveland Metropolitan Schools and affiliated charters. In addition, the book fund provides opportunities for teacher professional development, enrichment through author visits and an opportunity for families to build a home library through the web activities. The founder, Stephen Morris, talked with teachers and repeatedly heard that there were insufficient good books available in the classroom. He and his colleague “investors” decided to change that! This means that no Pre-k-Grade 4 classroom in CMSD need ever be short on high-quality books! The Cleveland Schools Book Fund is administered through a partnership between CMSD and CSU.

Classroom Collections

Each Pre k–grade 4 classroom can receive a collection of 150 hardback books. A professionally selected collection of brand new, library quality books has been identified for each grade level. The collection supports social emotional learning through literature emphasizing character strengths such as friendship, courage, respect, and perseverance. The collection also focuses on diverse characters, diverse cultures, showcasing multicultural authors and award winners. A wooden display bookcase can also be delivered through the book fund.

CSBF Educators Collaborative

Every PreK- Grade 4 educator in CMSD is invited to participate in the voluntary professional learning offered through the Cleveland Schools Book Fund. Dinner, materials and lesson ideas emphasizing the Book Fund collection are a regular part of the sessions.

Home Library Building

Research shows that a print-rich home supports student success in the classroom. The Cleveland Schools Book Fund is prepared to support student success both in the classroom and at home. Students can get a paperback version of the collection book through the home library building process.

Author Visits

Occasionally the Cleveland Schools Book Fund is able to sponsor an author presentations in schools and classroom. These are at specified times and by arrangement.


For more info or to make a request contact Dr. Sharon Brown.