Welcome to PoWeR! Book Bags!

We are a 501(c)(3) that distributes literacy materials to underserved children in Northern Lower Michigan.

Our mission is to increase children's experiences with language, literacy, and human interactions

 to better understand themselves, communicate with others,  and connect with the world.

PoWeR! stands for Play, Write, Read.

When children PLAY and WRITE and READ, they engage in meaningful interactions, practicing crucial behaviors and skills necessary to build strong language and literacy abilities that will better equip them for life!

 Since 2016, we have distributed 

over 200,000 books to children along with  

over 40,000 bags filled with supplies

to encourage language play, writing, and creativity.   



PoWeR! Book Bags expands children's possibilities in life!

Every child has the right to read.

Click here to read a powerful statement from the International Literacy Association on this topic:

We LOVE sharing literacy with kids! 

Currently we are in 19 counties in lower Northern Michigan, partnering with local schools, preschools, Early Head Start, WIC sites, Women's Resource Centers, libraries, and family sites of assistance such as food and baby pantries.

For more updates, like us on Facebook -- and now Twitter and Instagram, too!

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We are a proud Trusted Messenger for Talking Is Teaching! Click the monkeys to learn more!

Volunteer Center Updates

Coming soon: outdoor workbees! Check our social media pages and website for updates.

Contact us if you would like to volunteer from home doing one of the following:

Staple writing booklets

Sew book bags

Tie finger puppets

PoWeR! Book Bags Volunteer Center

101 Dame St.

Unit #5

Suttons Bay, MI


Contact kara@powerbookbags.org for more information.