I’m thrilled to be teaming up again with Pastor Michael Neal of Leading with Literacy, a non-profit on Chicago’s South Side, for the 3rd Annual Holiday Book Drive. Here we are, making final arrangements for the 2019 event. Me in my dining room. Pastor Neal lakeside in lovely Washington Park.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of authors, publishers, family and friends, the Holiday Book Drive has connected hundreds and hundreds of young scholars with nearly one thousand new books. Click the links below to see the impact of our past two holiday seasons:
Delivery Day 2017 here
Delivery Day 2018 here
We are officially open for donations for Holiday 2019! Woohoo! Want to get involved? Here’s how you can be part of this year’s effort!
Books, Please! We are excited to receive any book written for children. We do ask that the books are new, not used. Picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade and young adult titles - all welcome, and very appreciated!
The Magic Number: Any single book donation is celebrated. But if you have the ability to join forces with a friend (or friends) and donate 30 copies of the same book, you’ll be able to give an entire classroom the SAME book, which is a truly amazing gift.
Pssst! Authors… If you think your publisher might be able to provide a complete classroom donation of 30 books, please let me know!
Book-Skype Combo: Also, authors! If you’d like to donate a copy/copies of your book to a class, and offer a free Skype alongside it, that would be terrific! I’d be happy to help make those arrangements.
Shouting It Out! I celebrate all book donations as I receive them, on social media and on my website, too. Sharing these special deliveries is one of my favorite things to do!
Special Collections: If you are planning a local giving initiative this holiday season, consider asking friends and family to donate a book for a Bronzeville scholar. If you’re interested in organizing something like this, let me know and we can chat logistics.
Title Ideas: I’m happy to share book recommendations at any time, if you’re not sure which book or books to give. (Diverse books are always greatly appreciated by Leading with Literacy.)
Or… If You’d Rather: Financial donations are most welcome, too. Whatever works best for you!
Follow Along: Want to know what’s going on with the drive? Visit Twitter and search the hashtag #HolidayBookDriveChi for the latest!
Donations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2019. On Delivery Day (Dec. 12), we’ll visit classrooms all over Bronzeville and in other nearby Chicago neighborhoods to share the gift of literacy!
Here, you’ll find photos of the donated books and an up-to-date total!
I kicked things off with my donation of a signed copy of…
ONE PLASTIC BAG
(By Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon, Millbrook Press)
Thank you to the Bradley family for your full classroom donation of…
BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE
(By Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press)
THANK YOU for coming along on this journey and being a part of delivering book joy to young scholars! I can’t wait to see what we do together this holiday season!