Our bookstore in Washington D.C., and online, offers progressive books to activate your mind and community.
Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore is the Washington, D.C. area’s best source for books that encourage children and adults to question, challenge, and re-think the world beyond the headlines. The bookstore is located in the Busboys and Poets (14th and V Streets NW) restaurant, performance space, and coffeehouse, which features a dynamic events schedule. You can also browse the bookstore selection online.
What People Are Saying
“Brunch and books? What could be better? Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore is my favorite place to find new, inspiring books for my students. I feel good about supporting a non-profit that works to promote social justice, and the great neighborhood atmosphere outshines the big, crowded bookstores.” — Lindsay Kopitzke, Alternative School Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
“Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore provides our teachers the materials we need to make our very diverse classes welcoming to all our students. The resources we got from the bookstore fill in what the textbooks leave out so that our students can see themselves and their issues in the curriculum”.
— Erin McVadon Albright, International Baccalaureate Diploma, Coordinator, Annandale High School, FCPS
“The empowering and provocative books that I have found in Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore have been incredibly useful in educating, motivating, and inspiring my teachers to look at the purpose of education in a revolutionary scope.”
— David L. Heiber, Director of Student Support Services, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
“Busboys and Poets is on the lips of every major publisher from New York City to Los Angeles. Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore supports local authors, promotes books not readily available in other markets, and hires a staff that is conversant in these titles.” — Scott Wythe, The Empire Group
“I loved the art, books, stage, plans, whimsical touches, comfy seats, superb wait staff, top flight food, in a word the whole exciting place!” — Kathryn Williams, art teacher, Norwood School
“I was just in Washington, DC and delighted with my visit to Busboys and Poets. Powerful, enlightening, and overall an awesome place. I look forward to return visits in the future and could only wish for a similar place here in New Mexico.” — Gregory Webb, Executive Director NM Commission for Community Volunteerism
Bookstore Press and Videos
|Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore through the Eyes of a Backpack Journalist. Watch now.|
|Shelf-Awareness featured Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore in a full length article. Read more.|
|Front Porch interviewed our Bookstore Manager. Read more.|
|A number of people wrote to the Washington City Paper in response to statements about our bookstore. Here are their comments.|
Busboys and Poets has four locations in D.C. , Virginia, and Maryland that host a rich array of authors. Check out the list of author events.
We carefully select every title to ensure access to:
- High-quality progressive politics, poetry and literature
- Young adult fiction with real-world themes
- Multicultural titles for pre-K-12 teachers and parents
- Independent publishers
- Works detailing a “people’s history” - including that of African Americans, Latinos/as, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, Native Americans, labor activists, international populations, and women.
Busboys and Poets – D.C.
2021 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
The bookstore is at this location. There are three other Busboys and Poets in D.C, Virginia, and Maryland. Busboys and Poets is a venture of peace activist and local businessman Andy Shallal. Find out more at: www.busboysandpoets.com.
Support Independent Bookstores
We encourage schools and other organizations to place their bulk or special orders through the bookstore. Please download (in PDF), copy, and share our ordering information packet.
You can also place an online order for almost ANY title at our online store, hosted by Indiebound. Your purchases at this online store provide needed support for Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore.
The survival of independent bookstores and related author events requires an engaged, local-loving customer base. Buying online from Amazon undermines our survival. Read more.