2nd Annual Community Book Drive
February 21 - March 2, 2018
As stated in Houston's Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action, "Research has shown there is only one book available for every 300 children in low-income areas, as opposed to 13 books, on average, in homes of middle-and-high income children." Books are a luxury that many families cannot afford, yet they are essential to a child's development.
Without access to age-appropriate reading materials, children are already behind when they start the school year. In order to break the cycle of low literacy within families and reduce the performance gap, which constrains the education system and fuels the achievement gap in later years, we must work together to provide Houston's children with adequate literacy resources.
The Ladies for Literacy Guild of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is holding its 2nd Annual Community Book Drive from February 21 through March 2 to stock the Curiosity Cruiser, a mobile library operated by the Harris County Public Library to serve disadvantaged children across greater Houston. Join us in reaching our goal of collecting 50,000 new and like-new books for children and youth ages 4 through 13. Simply drop off your books at one of the designated drop-off locations below or make a monetary donation in support of the Annual Community Book Drive here. Participating in this event is a simple way for you to help a child have a brighter future through the power of literacy.
We wish to thank St. Anne School Foundation and Community for sponsoring the 2018 Community Book Drive and Half Price Books and Barnes and Noble for donating books to give this year’s event an early jumpstart for success.
Book Drop-Off Locations
Wednesday, February 21 - Friday, March 2, 2018
Heights Neighborhood Library
1302 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX 77008
Looscan Neighborhood Library
2510 Willowick Road
Houston, TX 77027
Collier Branch Library
Houston, TX 77092
Jungman Branch Library
5830 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77057
Walter Branch Library
Houston, TX 77036
Best Books for Young Children
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
By Bill Martin, Jr.
Today I Am by Mies van Hout
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Babar and Zephir by Jean de Brunhoff
The Snowy Day by Jack Keats
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
The Complete Tales by Beatrix Potter
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good,
Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Mixed-up Chameleon by Eric Carle
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey