WITS Summer Books

wits summer books

WITS Summer Books is an initiative that brings the WITS community together to raise funds that provide books for students' at-home libraries, teachers' classroom libraries, and the WITS program library. Teams of WITS supporters unite to raise money for a Chicago elementary school.

Join a team today and be part of fostering a love of reading for Chicago students!

why wits summer books matters

82% of CPS elementary schools do not have a functioning library. Librarians are found in just 10% of classrooms in primarily Black schools and 21% in Latinx schools. 

Only 26% of CPS students met or exceeded reading standards in 2023, down slightly from 2019. In a school district where 71% of students are from low-income families and 88% are minorities, CPS students are exponentially challenged in reaching their full potential. 

61% of low-income families have no age-appropriate children’s books at home. 



Make a Donation
How to Fundraise for WITS Summer Books
Join a Team

WITS Summer Books Celebration

Join the WITS Associates Board for our WITS Summer Books celebration event at Parson's Chicken & Fish in Lincoln Park for an evening of delicious food, raffle prizes, and a strong community of those who love and support WITS.

This event is free, and 15% of all food and drink purchased supports WITS literacy programs and books for students' homes and classrooms libraries.

You can be sure to expect some fun prizes and surprises! You can register to attend below.


Parson's Chicken & Fish - Lincoln Park

2435 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, June 26

5 pm - 8 pm



See the Fundraiser
64% of WITS students met or exceeded the national average for reading level growth in one year.
At the end of the school year 83% of WITS students said they like reading books for fun, up from 65% at the beginning of the year.
93% of WITS students reported feeling good or very good about spending time with their mentors
100% of our partner teachers are satisfied with student participation in WITS.

Make a donation

For check donations, please make payable to WITS and send to the following address: Working in the Schools: 150 N Wacker Dr Ste 1120 Chicago, IL 60606