Our Mission

To promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies’ first teachers.

Our Vision

Every family — regardless of income and primary language — will understand the critical importance of early childhood literacy and will take an active role in their child’s reading development. All children in Connecticut will have books of their own.

Board of Directors

Roxanne J. Coady, Founder and Chair
President and Owner, R. J. Julia Booksellers, Madison

Jeff Hartmann, Treasurer
Founder, CEO The Hartmann Group, Old Saybrook

Alicia Caraballo, (retired) School Administrator and Social Worker, New Haven Public Schools

Lori Church, M.S., Infant/Toddler Development, Bank Street College; Parent Mentor, Bridgeport Hospital NICU

Joshua A. Copel, M.D., Professor, Division of Maternal–Fetal Medicine, Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven

Joanne Cunard, Ph.D., Professor of Child Study/Education, University of St. Joseph, West Hartford

Mary Kay Curtiss, CPA, MSPA, Partner, Blum, Shapiro & Co., P.C., West Hartford

Jennifer Groves Fusco, J.D., Principal, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., New Haven

Carla M. Horwitz, Ed.D., Lecturer, Yale Child Study Center & Department of Psychology; Director Emerita, Calvin Hill Day Care Center & Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten

Julia Irwin, Ph.D,  Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories, New Haven; Associate Professor, Southern Connecticut State University

Lisa Maass, President,  Citizens Bank CT, New Haven

Phyllis McGrath, Philanthropy Management, Clinton

Bonnie L. Patten, J.D., Executive Director, Truth in Advertising, Inc., Branford

Sandra Trevino, Executive Director, Junta for Progressive Action, New Haven


Karen Pritzker, Board Emeritus



Kyn Tolson, Executive Director

Robin Baker, Office Manager

Paula Grimm, Development Associate

Christina Cerillo, Office Clerk

Israel Oliveras, Driver


Books for Babies

Elizabeth Cech, Books for Babies Coordinator

Diane Visconti, Books for Babies Associate

Books for Kids

Linda Sylvester, Books for Kids Coordinator

Evelyn Tomasello, Books for Kids Associate

Myra Healy, Project Coordinator, Books for Kids Read at Home Initiative, Coastal Fairfield County