Headshot Photo of Beatriz de Oliveira
2019 Award Recipient

BeatrizDe Oliveira

Project Books for a Change

Location San Diego, CA

Issue Area Education

Being a lifelong lover of literature, Beatriz was taken aback. She had assumed the daycares, or creches, in her hometown of Campinas, Brazil, would be full of books. It wasn’t until she arrived, dropping off the box of toys she was donating, that she saw she was wrong. There weren’t any books. Speaking with a staff member, Beatriz learned that most creches were funded by the government and could only afford the barest of necessities.

Books for a Change was Beatriz’s response. Books for a Change collects and donates books to daycares around the world. To date, Beatriz and her organization have worked to serve over 10,000 children, giving them access to the life-changing power of books. Additionally, she developed a curriculum for daycare instructors to foster a lifelong passion for reading.

Ultimately, the goal of Books for a Change is to spread literature and the love of reading as far as I can around the world.

Beatriz De Oliveira
Many young children and 2 adults outside a Brazilian daycare standing by a small display case of books.

Books for a Change


Books for a Change develops coursework and collects donations to purchase books for daycares around the world, sharing the power of fiction.

The logo is clip art with 2 hands holding a book with letters scattered above it and the words Books for a Change below it.
Beatriz kneeling with two educators and two students by a display case of children's books.