The Holiday Book Drive is an annual community and kidlit creator collaboration to collect and distribute new children’s books to young Chicago readers.

During the months of October and November (National Picture Book Month) and into December, friends of literacy donate new picture books, early readers, chapter books and middle grade books for Leading with Literacy, a read-aloud focused non-profit based in Bronzeville, a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.


  • Click HERE to see the books collected in 2017.

  • Click HERE to see the 2017 Delivery Day fun!


  • Click HERE to see the books collected in 2018.

  • Click HERE to see the 2018 Delivery Day fun!

Thank you to Pastor Michael Neal for connecting us with amazing Bronzeville kids, teachers and principals! And thank you to all who supported the drives in 2017 and 2018! We can't wait to see what Holiday 2019 will bring.

If you'd like to make a donation of new picture books, or a financial donation toward the purchase of books for this year's drive, contact Anitra at (Note: A donation of 30 books allows us to give an entire class the same book. Single titles are most welcome, too!)

Your support is everything! We look forward to partnering with you again in 2019 to make it a blessed holiday that Chicago kids will never forget.