Books Save Lives is a direct community support program created to serve children in 6th through 12th grades. Our primary strategy is to position ourselves into previously established areas where children frequent and train the adults to utilize the techniques outlined in our 8 Step VISCERAL Method which uses a combination of both literacy and self-awareness to empower children. We will then supply books proven to improve literacy and bolster children’ self-awareness.

Books Save Lives understands that quality, diverse literacy is paramount in our students’ lives and the texts teachers offer must be relatable as well as accessible. BSL assists teachers, schools and districts in creating classroom libraries as well as school libraries that reflect the diverse student population our schools serve. We also provide the training teachers need in order to effectively and efficiently run a classroom with choice/independent reading as the main focus of instruction and learning.

Established in 2019.  Our Board of Directors includes: 

Daphne Russell, Founder & Executive Director

Tracy Cracchiolo

Lance Jones

Annette Hernandez-Parkhurst

Thank you so much to the Friends of Books Save Lives that have helped and encouraged our progress.

​William Conway

Karen McCloskey, Beach Fleischman

Frey Creative Marketing

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Thank you to Richard Small, The Stonewall Foundation and Community Foundation for Southern Arizona for their recent donation.

People are comfortable talking about their favorite books, but in the classroom as Daphne began to listen more she began to realize there was a vast difference between a favorite book and a most important one. This video is the beginning of BSL’s campaign to identify what important books do for us and to us, because Books Save Lives believes every child deserves a most important book.

We believe all teens can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.


Our Mission

Every teen deserves a most important book. Books Save Lives provides books that teens will read and the support they need to transform their lives one book at a time.

Our Vision

Books Save Lives believes the right book at the right time transforms the mind with no less consequence than the mutation of the pupa to the butterfly.

Our goal is to train adults to teach youth already in their programs (e.g., the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, foster children, etc.) how to use books to change their own trajectories. Armed with hardbacks and tattered pages our youth will be equipped to forge their own paths on their own terms. In turn, many of our participants will come back and work as mentors in our program. 

We Need Your Support Today!