One critical success factor of our program is the ability to provide books that are so compelling children will pick them up during the summer with no encouragement from an adult.

We’ve identified deep-discount purchase opportunities for two of the students’ top requests, but we can’t take advantage of these opportunities without your help. $2,500 is a lot of money, but will provide 1,750 of our most-requested books. Please consider a tax-deductible donation; these opportunities won’t last long.

Scary Stories! This book was especially popular with the hard-to-reach, 8-10 year-old crowd, and it’s popular with middle school students, too. We are THRILLED to be able to purchase it for $1 per copy, and can use 1,000 of these.

Sharks! We were caught off guard in May by the demand from the younger crowd for books about sharks. We only had a few on hand, and are on a mission to remedy the problem.

We can purchase this shark book for $2 per copy, and can use 750 of these.

Our biggest challenge so far is finding a great, non-fiction basketball book featuring current athletes, for the 8-10 year olds. They’re not interested in the heroes of yesterday; they want to see pictures and read stories about the athletes of today. Let us know if you find a great book at a great price.