Edmonds Bookshop hosting book drive for Children’s Book Week May 2-8

Join the Edmonds Bookshop in helping Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program get summer reading fun to children who have limited access to books. The goal is to collect 100 books, to help get Page Ahead closer to giving away their 4 millionth bookSo when you’re in the bookshop May 2-8, consider purchasing an extra book or two for Page Ahead.

Page Ahead serves students across Washington state, including grades K-2 at two elementary schools in Edmonds: College Place Elementary and Cedar Valley Community School with their Book Up Summer program. All books donated will be redistributed to the students who need them most. The participating schools have to have a 65% or higher population of students from low-income families.

Page Ahead also distributes thousands of books through a Book Oasis project: 18 custom-made, free little libraries that are stocked monthly by volunteers, located in book deserts across Seattle.

Page Ahead requests:

  • Brand new children’s books for ages 0-9
  • Books that are non-fiction for children, i.e. science or history or anything to do with animals

The Edmonds Bookshop is located at 111 5th Ave. S. in downtown Edmonds.

  1. How can I donate children’s books that are next to new, in perfect condition, having been read just once?
    I have many like that.
    Trudy Dana

    1. Hello Trudy,
      Thank you for your question. We recommend donating your books to any Little Free Libraries: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/

      Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program can only accept brand new, store bought, never been read, children’s books. When you donate new children’s books to Page Ahead, make sure they are N. I. C. E.:
      •They’re New: Page Ahead only distributes brand-new children’s books. Why new books specifically? A new book tells a child, “You are valuable.” A new book feels good in the hands. A new book is a prized possession. Everyone deserves new books!
      •They’re Interesting: View Page Ahead’s wish lists (which you can see on our Amazon or Bookshop pages) to find high-interest titles we know kids will love! And when in doubt, ask a bookseller or librarian!
      •They’re for Children: Page Ahead accepts brand-new books for children ages 0 to 9. With an emphasis on non-fiction themes.
      •They include Everyone: Please make sure the new children’s books are non-religious, non-holiday-themed and, professionally published (no self-published works please). and appropriate.

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