Picture Books for Schools in Need!

$2,158 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 5 months
Sophie Blackall  BROOKLYN, NY
I have so loved hearing from schools this year that run mock Caldecott Awards but I have also been hearing from librarians and teachers about how they struggle to buy new books. How they often supplement the classroom library out of their own pockets.

Around this time last year I held a fundraiser to send sets of 10 new picture books to schools in need.
I thought maybe there was a way of turning a drawing into a pile of new picture books. Because while there’s nothing as comforting as curling up with an old favorite, there’s something thrilling about turning the first page of a brand new one.

I was hoping to be able to fund 60 books for six schools. Thanks to your generosity we raised around $3500, which enabled us to send 200 books to 20 schools.

So! It's that time again!

I have partnered with the wonderful bookstore, The Curious Reader, who have helped me select 10 beautiful, funny, rich, thoughtful picture books to tempt young readers.

The Airport Book - Lisa Brown
The Case for Loving - Selina Alko and Sean Qualls
Du Iz Tak? - Carson Ellis
Finding Winnie - Lindsay Mattick and Sophie Blackall
Freedom in Congo Square - Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie
The Journey - Francesca Sanna
Penguin Problems - Jory John and Lane Smith
Real Cowboys - Kate Hoefler and Jonathan Bean
This is Not a Picture Book - Sergio Ruzzier
Thunder Boy Jr. - Sherman Alexie

I have listed this painting for sale on eBay ,
but many of you have asked if there's a way to make smaller donations. So here it is!

Entries are pouring in from schools in need and it would be so wonderful if we could send books to all of them. 

In gratitude for your donation, I will send you this signed 8x10" print from Finding Winnie. I'll contact you to request a mailing address.

If you are a teacher or librarian and would like to enter the draw to receive a set of these ten picture books, you can do so here .

Thank you, all SO much – and please spread the word!

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Update 1
Posted by Sophie Blackall
4 months ago
Thank you all SO much for your generosity. We have raised enough to send 230 picture books to 23 schools in need. The books will be sent out in the early new year, with thanks to The Curious Reader book store.
Happy New Year to you all!
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$2,158 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 5 months
Created November 25, 2016
Becky Blumenthal
3 months ago

Thanks for doing this! It's a shame that it needs to be done.

Rita Painter
4 months ago

Thanks for doing this!

Prisca Martens
4 months ago

THANKS for doing this, Sophie!!!

Edward Coll
4 months ago

Great Cause!

Gabrielle Prendergast
4 months ago

Donated in lieu of a Christmas gift for my amazing editor, Zareen. Merry Merry!

Gabrielle Prendergast
4 months ago

Donated in lieu of a Christmas gift for my excellent agent, Barbara! Merry Merry!

John Schu
4 months ago


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Dawn Gibson
4 months ago

I believe everyone should have access to good books.

Donalyn Miller
4 months ago
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