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 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.

Core Values

  • We are committed to making books a part of every child’s life from birth.
  • We are committed to supporting families playing a central role in their child’s early language and literacy.
  • We are committed to collaborative work with parents, partner organizations, and other community groups.
  • We are committed to financial sustainability.

Board of Directors

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

Lisa Maass, Vice Chair
President,  Citizens Bank CT, New Haven

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

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

Joel Cruz, M. Th. Senior Director, The Institute for the Hispanic Family & Family Strengthening Programs, Catholic Charities, Hartford

Mary Kay Curtiss, CPA, MSPA, Principal, Clifton, Larson, Allen, LLP, West Hartford

Monette Ferguson, PhD, Executive Director, Alliance for Community Empowerment

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

Jane Lee, Economic Development Coach/Consultant, All Our Kin, New Haven

Sherene Mason, M.D., Pediatric Nephrologist, Connecticut Childrens, Hartford

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

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

Karen Pritzker, Board Emeritus



Suzannah Holsenbeck, Executive Director

Robin Baker, Director of Administration

Abigail O’Keefe, Communications & Development

Paula Grimm, Development and Data Specialist

Vicki Roberts, Programs Assistant

Lynn Dorsey, Driver


Books for Babies

Pam Katynski, Books for Babies Coordinator

Laura Noe, Books for Babies Coordinator

Books for Kids

Linda Sylvester, Books for Kids Co-Coordinator

Evelyn Tomasello, Books for Kids Co-Coordinator

Early Steps to School Success-New Haven

Yazmin Benitez, Early Childhood Coordinator
at Luis Muñoz Marin School

Kaydean Brown, Early Childhood Coordinator
at Brennan Rogers School

Cherese Chambers, Early Childhood Coordinator
at Lincoln Bassett School

Viviana Nuñez, Early Childhood Coordinator
at Columbus Family Academy

Melissa Ruggiero, Early Childhood Coordinator
at Celentano School

Lakenya Watford, Early Childhood Coordinator
at Bryant Elementary School