Since 1993, SAG Foundation has been committed to championing children’s literacy through its signature programs and with the support and volunteer efforts of thousands of performers nationwide.
BookPALS is founded on a clear premise: children must be exposed to the magic of books in order to develop a love of reading. Who better to instill that love than actors, gifted in the art of storytelling?
Today, BookPALS serves more than 60,000 children in public schools, hospitals and social service agencies every month. Over 2,200 SAG-AFTRA performers regularly volunteer their time and talent to read aloud to kids in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Florida and Arizona. Over the last 20 years, BookPALS have read to more than two and a half million children.
"If you're a member of SAG-AFTRA, you should doing this. It's the best thing you can do with a couple of hours each week."-Bill Schroffel, BookPAL and SAG-AFTRA actor
"You make a difference immediately."-Angel Oquendo, BookPAL and SAG-AFTRA actor
Find out more about how YOU can become a BookPAL!
Contact the local BookPALS coordinator in:
In 2001, the SAG Foundation was given a generous grant by Verizon to create five digital videos featuring professional actors reading quality children’s books. These imaginatively produced videos fully captured the intricate illustrations, colors and textures of each book. Those initial 5 stories turned into an internationally recognized website that currently stream