Host a Book Drive

Businesses, schools and community groups often host new and used book drives to support Raising a Reader MA.

Getting Started
is Super Easy!


Review our mission , and our book drive guidelines to understand the kinds of books we are looking for


Pick the dates when you will host the book drive & decide where and how you will collect donated books

e.g. in a box at the reception desk in your office, in bins in your school library


Publicize the book drive and the book wish list

e.g. through email, posters, Facebook, etc.


Contact Raising a Reader MA and let us know you are planning or had a book drive & coordinate a drop off time.

Opening Doors
by Opening Books

Books collected through book drives are sorted and then distributed to Raising A Reader MA families to help them build their personal children’s libraries. We distribute these books through workshops, community events, and Raising A Reader MA “blue bag” ceremonies.

The high quality of the books used in Raising A Reader MA’s signature Red Bag book rotation program is important to the success of our work. Please use the following guidelines to help you make sure the new and used books you collect through your book drive reflect similar standards for quality:

Yes Please

Appropriate for young children ages newborn to six
Picture books without a lot of text
Books in other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and French

No Thank You

Rips or writing in used books
Commercial books (i.e. Disney, Nickelodeon, other TV/movie characters)
Religious/holiday books

Ready. Set. Go!

Please contact us to benefit Raising a Reader MA. We can help you coordinate publicity for the book drive, arrange for presenters from Raising A Reader MA to come visit to kick-off your book drive, and will help ensure the books you collect are delivered to the right people.