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Zoom around these photos to see the reason magazines are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet

Beautiful magazines for literacy, as far as the eye can see. Just in time for Earth Month, these photos illustrates the raison d’ĂȘtre for MagazineLiteracy.orgwith titles for every reading age, interest, and language, magazines and comics are the most powerful literacy engines on the planet.

When it comes to magazine reading, we are all enthusiasts about our favorite titles, whether sports, or science, or cooking, or knitting, or cars, or wooden boat sailing, or tattoos.

Literacy ends poverty. Our mission to get magazines and comics into hands, homes, and hearts is fueled by the love that millions of magazine readers have for their favorite titles, and their interest in sharing them with new readers. We are blessed with a steady stream of cherished publications – over a million recycled from consumers, businesses like Sappi Paper, Method Home Products, Johnson & Johnson, Maurice Sporting, ShineUnited, and Widen, and publishers, including Highlights for Kids, Conde Nast, Time Inc., Hearst, Meredith, National Geographic, Cricket, US Lacrosse, Owl for Kids, Scholastic, and so many more.  We get them to new readers via literacy programs in food pantries, homeless and domestic violence shelters, mentoring and job training programs and foster care. 


With logistics and promotional support from generous companies, like Quint & QuintRyleco, Quad/Graphics, and Schneider, we’ve delivered hundreds of thousands of publications for literacy via foodbanks to feed people hungry to read. We send your culinary magazines to programs that train the homeless and unemployed to become chefs. We even airlifted 2,000 magazines to Inuit children north of the Arctic Circle in the middle of the polar vortex.

The magazines shown here are among thousands gifted to by our friends at the MPA – Association of Magazine Media, received for judging and then recycled to us for literacy rather than destroyed, so they can live on with new readers.

Our ambassadors – literacy angels – Marie from NJ, Vanika from Brooklyn, and John from CT, with kindred spirits recruited by our friends at ED2010 and Conscious magazine, have descended on the MPA offices to box up the magazines for delivery to readers via nearby food pantries and shelters. Among the thousands of magazines are wonderful publications for all ages, across a wide range of topics – Popular Science and Popular Mechanics, Parenting, People, Food Network, Dwell, Men’s Journal, Golf Digest, Teen Vogue, New York, National Geographic, and Lapham’s Quartly, to name just a few.

Join us to change the world – one precious magazines, one precious reader at a time.

  • Santa Barbara School of Squash (SBSOS)

    501(c)(3) charity
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serves: Students from 4th to 12th grade
    Needs: Magazines for 36 students year round
    Magazines Requested: Any magazines about nature, sports, education, travel, or wildlife

  • Crittenton Women’s Union

    501(c)(3) Charity
    Boston, MA
    Serving Mothers from age 19-40 and children from infant to 5 years old. Most of the children are between 1 and 2.5 years of age.
    Needs: New or recycled magazines for 58 mother and 52 children.
    Magazines Requested: Magazines appropriate for children and toddlers. Magazines about nature, fashion, beauty, exercise. African American specific and Latina specific magazines. Any general women’s interest magazines.

  • Marymount of Santa Barbara

    School or Library
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Serving male and female students from junior kindergarten through eighth grade (ages 4-13)
    Needs: Magazines for 150 students from September 15 to May 15.
    Magazines Requested: Science, current events, animals, bikes, sports, books, writing, national geographic, track, space and astronomy, aviation week, smithsonian, sports illustrated

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