2023 marked a significant milestone for Gemma as we celebrated 15 years of publishing relevant, engaging content for emerging adult readers and their teachers.

For starters, we raised $15,700 towards our Gemma@15 Anniversary Fundraising Campaign goal!

Thanks to our generous funders, supporters, partners and staff, we were able to meet and exceed our goals in other areas, too.

Here are just a few highlights:

360+ Book Donations

We were able to donate books and resources to key partners including:

West London Welcome for Refugees | City University of New York | Westchester Community College | Second Start | Oakland Public Library | Project Light of Manatee | Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center | Brooklyn Library System | Des Moines Areas Community College (DMACC) | Anne Arundel Literacy Council | Literacy Volunteers of Laredo | Iowa Literacy Council | Literacy Suffolk | Literacy New Jersey, Mercer County Programs | Aquinas Literacy Center, Chicago

4 New HiLo Books

We expanded our series of high-interest, low-reading level (HiLo) books series with 4 exciting new titles.

  • The Two-Wheeled Detective by Susan Thompson
  • The Museum of Oddities by Susan Thompson
  • Velocity, by Rebecca Rolland
  • Newcomers by Greta Gorsuch

4 New FREE Teaching Resources

With the help of our fabulous authors and Rebecca Eller-Molitas, we added 3 essential, new lesson plans to accompany Bake Sale, The Spy, and Newcomers.

We published Guidelines for Building a Book Club with HiLo Books.

3,760 HiLo Books Distributed
Thanks to our ongoing partnership with ProLiteracy, New Readers Press, and libraries, we distributed nearly 4,000 books and hundreds of free resources.

And More!
1 new audiobook to, accompany Newcomers by Greta Gorsuch.
3 Adult Literacy and Adult Education Conferences, including COABE, Iowa Literacy Council, and Literacy Texas.
Gemma authors and social justice folks were featured at an event during the London Book Fair.
2,500 readers in the Global South accessed more than 21,000 pages of our books through Worldreader.

We’d just like to say a big thank you to all of our colleagues, partners, funders, volunteers and staff for a wonderful year. We look forward to working with all  of you to have an even greater impact on adult literacy in 2024.