Remember last year’s “Summer Satchel” program for Alps Road Elementary? The school decided to continue the program… on a much larger scale. 400 students, Pre-K through 5th grade!

So far my contact at Alps has 1 book for every child, and plans to include a journal, a pencil, and a library card application for each child. My aunt is donating the bags.

But seriously: is ONE BOOK enough to keep a child occupied for a whole summer? I think not. It’s progress, but it still leaves me sad. I’d like each child to have three books. Yes, that means I need 800 more books.

So far I have an abundance of Pre-K, 1st & 2nd grade books stacked in my closet. But I need chapter books for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders. Help me! Some popular series that have been mentioned:

  • Magic Treehouse
  • Junie B Jones
  • Nancy Drew
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Goosebumps
  • Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Wrinkle in Time
  • American Girl

Got books, but don’t live in Athens? Mail them to me! The post office offers a discounted rate for books; just ask for the Media Mail rate.

Even if you can’t buy or donate a book, think about these options:

1) If you’re a member of PaperbackSwap or BookMooch and would be willing to donate points, let me know.
2) If you’re willing to find & obtain free books from Craigslist or Freecycle in your area (and you’re somewhere near central/north Georgia) I’ll find a way to get the books. I’ve got Athens covered.

Finally: If you’d prefer to make a donation, I buy most of my books at thrift stores and average about $.50 per book. Give me a dollar, I’ll turn it into 2 books. I’ve even turned to eBay, where I’m finding entire sets of chapter books for pretty good prices.

Twelve days… 800 books. It’s gonna happen, and I hope you’ll help!

PS: I also need 800-1200 new pencils, 400 sharpeners, and 400 erasers….