Updated: Oct 4, 2022
Hello, friends! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen this call out. So first of all, a HUGE thank you to those who have already sent books. I am so very grateful and will be sending you each a personalized thank you as well. I am blown away with the response so far. This past week, I was informed that the school doesn't have enough basket coordinators volunteered for the event, and asked me if I could do some additional baskets. So I'm in need of some additional donations. See all the details below and thank you SO much for your consideration!
My children's (Title I) school hosts a silent auction each year with 100% of the proceeds going back to the teachers. (For privacy and safety, I am not stating publicly which school this is, and I am grateful for your understanding. Know that I will post pictures of the baskets at the event, and this really is a true thing).
Each teacher is required to provide a basket. I am working with our librarian (and now another couple teachers) to create book baskets. Our hope is that the kids who can't generally afford books will be able to buy a large set of books for the price of 1. Many of the kids at our school do not have any sort of home library. So this is an opportunity for them to be able to get some wonderful books at home.
PLUS, 100% of the proceeds go back to the school. Funding in AZ has been so low that our teachers are in great need. They've come to our PTO asking for new books, shelves to replace broken ones, basic supplies, instruments for kids who want to take orchestra but can't afford the rentals, and more. The PTO is helping everywhere we can, but our funds are dwindling.
This money will go directly to teachers specifically to help the students. And I LOVE the idea of helping kiddos start their own at-home libraries, so I came up with the idea of book baskets. I will be making book caddies for each set of books and filling them with as many books as possible.
I'm also looking for handmade bookmarks, original art, library bags, and anything else reading/book related.
If you are able to help, please send donations to:
PO Box 45115
Phoenix, AZ 85064
or if sending via Amazon/UPS/or FedEx:
5021 N. 20th #45115
Phoenix, AZ 85064
This is an elementary school, so I am looking for Picture book, early reader, chapter books, and middle grade donations. We've received quite a few PBs, so we especially need CB and MG. Though I'll always love to see more PB too!!
And since I've had some people ask for suggestions on what to send, some books that I would love to see are:
Amari and the Night Brothers series (received)
Diary of an Ice Princess series (received)
Front Desk series
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
Any early or MG graphic novels
Nigel and the Moon
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners/Eyes that Speak to the Stars
Creepy Carrots series
Not Quite Narwhal/ Perfectly Pegasus
But truly, I am so very grateful for ANY books that you love and want to share.
I need all donations received by October 20th, please.
Thank you SO much for the consideration. I am so grateful for this community and all of your love and support!