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Kate's Kart is a not-for-profit organization that supplies brand new, free books to hospitalized children to keep for their enjoyment. Our goal is to promote literacy and encourage children, and their families, to read on an ongoing basis.

Kate's Kart was founded in 2008 by the Layman family in memory of their daughter, Katherine Anne Layman (affectionately known to family and friends as "Baby Kate"). Since then, our organization has grown to service 16 area hospitals. We currently have over 100 volunteers collecting, counting, sorting, labeling, stocking and distributing books.

Kate’s Kart will gladly accept your donations of BRAND NEW books for hospitalized children ages 0-18.  We ask these books be current titles recently purchased from the store or online. These books are CHOSEN off our karts by children and their families while in the hospital.  Books with popular characters, best sellers, current movies and classic read-alouds are the types of books we need most and are chosen first. Thank you for helping us keep our karts filled with the books children LOVE that will provide a positive, entertaining distraction during their stay, as well as keeping the germs associated with used books away. Please seek out other charities for your used or out-dated books.

Read more about Baby Kate.

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Want to Volunteer?

Interested in volunteering for Kate's Kart? We can always use another team member!

We have several opportunities available, both in the hospital setting and in our office.

To volunteer, please start here!

If the hospital environment is not for you, or if you would like to involve your family or organization, we have plenty of other ways to volunteer, including sorting, counting and labeling books, organizing book drives, or donating your time at our annual ice cream social.

PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT need to be a hospital volunteer to help out in the office; however, volunteers must be at least 6th grade or older. Our facility is NOT childproof, so children younger than 6th grade are not permitted.

Have more questions? Please contact us at info@kateskart.org or call (260) 413-4089.  We would love to have you on our team!

Top 11 Most Needed Books

1. Any Dr. Seuss Book

2. Interactive Books for Special Needs (touch-and-feel, books with CDs, books with brightly colored and/or thick pages)

3. Teen Romance Books (ages 15-18)

4. Guiness Book of World Records, Fun Facts or Kids Almanac

5. Princess, Barbie or Other Girly Picture Books

6. Cars, Trucks, Trains or Dinosaur Picture Books

7. Timeless Read-Aloud Books for Newborns

8. Diary of a Whimpy Kid or Big Nate Series

9. Hunger Games Series or Other Current Teen Best Sellers (not including vampire books)

10. Soft Cloth Books for Babies

11. Bibles & Bible Stories

Of course CASH or GIFT CARDS are always appreciated so we can buy the books we need most. Please see our Wish List for more details.

Now you can shop for books directly on Amazon.com by using our book registry:



Doing A Fundraiser?

If your organization is thinking about holding a fundraiser to benefit Kate's Kart, this is the place to start. Click here to visit our fundraising page.


Book Drive

We Want Your Photos

If you have a photo of your child receiving a book from Kate's Kart, we would love to post it in our Photo Gallery. Please send photos to info@kateskart.org.

View photos that others have sent in our Photo Gallery.

Tell Us A Story

If you have received a book from Kate's Kart, we would love to hear from you. Please visit our Contact Us page to leave us comment, or send an email to info@kateskart.org.


"Thanks for giving me a free book. It was the best thing about having my appendix rupture!"

Olivia - age 12

Read what others are saying about us on our Testimonials page.

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Watch Us Grow

As of January 31, 2015, Kate's Kart has handed out over 93,443 books at 16 hospitals by over 100 volunteers! Thank you to everyone who has supported our mission.


© 2015 Kate's Kart, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Donations are tax exempt.