Once Upon a Month™

Once Upon A Month provides children ages 0-5 with one free children’s book every month for a year, along with parent guides in both English and Spanish. The resulting interactions stimulate curiosity, language development and the learning skills needed for kids to succeed in both school and life.

Results & Impact

Since May 2017, awareness of the importance of developing early literacy skills has increased in the home and throughout the community.


10,292

children have been enrolled in the program


46,150

books have been distributed to children in the area

Once Upon A Month was created by:
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas • The Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy • The Boone Family Foundation

And enjoys the support of these key partners:
Communities Foundation of Texas • Department of Family and Protective Services—Prevention and Early Intervention • Dallas ISD • Hudson Foundation • Hillcrest Foundation