Behind the Scenes

Curiosity Cruiser’s mission to change the world for our city’s children wouldn’t be possible without the generosity, passion, and dedication of our wonderful founders, sponsors, and partners.



A dynamic group of women committed to supporting the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and propelling Barbara Bush’s own legacy: improving lives through the power of reading.

An organization founded by the 41st First Lady, Barbara Bush, with the mission of improving the quality of life for Houstonians of all ages through the power of literacy: the ability to read, write, speak clearly, and think critically.

A public library system providing a broad range of library and book-related original and shared content, library events, and programs through 26 branch libraries in Harris County, Texas.



As a global energy refiner, transporter, and marketer, CITGO prioritizes corporate social responsibility and giving back to the communities in which their employees live and work. As the official fuel sponsor, their investment enables the Curiosity Cruiser to visit families living in affordable housing communities and government-subsidized apartment complexes.

With a proven purpose to provide energy and enhance lives, multinational energy company Phillips 66’s investment in Curiosity Cruiser allows more children and families to have the opportunity to improve their lives through the power of reading.

Established by philanthropists Lester and Sue Smith in Houston, Texas, The Lester & Sue Smith Foundation seeks to change lives through investments in health care, humanities, the arts, and education. The Smith Foundation’s support of the Curiosity Cruiser will help further enrich children’s lives through high-quality educational programming and resources.

Houston Children’s Charity is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Greater Houston’s underprivileged, abused, and disabled children who have been otherwise left behind. The scope of our support is limited only by the availability of resources. Our goal is to leave no legitimate request for assistance unanswered.


A full-service firm dedicated to management consulting, user experience, and technology solutions, Credera provided pro-bono project management consulting services for the Curiosity Cruiser’s design and build.

A leading regional full-service advertising agency based in Houston, Texas, Love Advertising donated hundreds of hours to create and tell the story behind the Curiosity Cruiser and its heroes, including naming, branding, and design.

General Truck Body, a multi-location truck body manufacturer with a focus on product development for the transportation and service industries, performed the custom upfitting of the high-tech Curiosity Cruiser.

An American aluminum vehicle company and leading producer of aluminum walk-in vans, Morgan Olson’s team custom-engineered, manufactured, and generously provided at-cost the vehicle that serves as the Curiosity Cruiser.


Curiosity Cruiser is a state-of-the-art mobile library that provides Houston children with access to books and exciting educational programs that integrate reading with science, math, technology, writing, and the arts.

Harris County Public Library

The Harris County Public Library system provides a broad range of traditional and online library services through 26 branch libraries in Harris County, Texas.