Nominate A Charitable Cause for SCBWI’s Books for Readers Campaign! by Lindsay Bandy

Amidst all the ups and downs of the business and the process, it’s good to stop and remember why we do what we do: the readers. We all dream of that kid who will hug our book to her heart! With SCBWI’s new Books for Readers campaign, you have the opportunity to bring books written by SCBWI members (maybe even you!) to kids in need.

Read more about the program below, and click here to nominate a worthy cause for donation by April 30!


To help increase book access, promote
SCBWI authors/illustrators and to advance the mission of SCBWI

SCBWI Members across the U.S. and around the world are invited to participate in a book-giving and life-changing event.

Books from our SCBWI members will be distributed to causes and organizations in need. Our book drive’s mission is 3-fold:

•    To help increase book access for readers in desperate need of books by collecting and donating books that SCBWI members create…

•    To help promote our authors, illustrators, and their books…

•    To help highlight the work of SCBWI and its members as both book creators and literacy advocates for children and young adults…
We will be collecting our members’ books worldwide for causes selected most worthy by our SCBWI Books for Readers Selection Committee.
Here’s how Books For Readers will work:

SCBWI members who would like to nominate a cause or organization must complete the entry form. The forms will be automatically sent via email to your Region’s Email Box. The last day for entries is April 30, 2017.

Our selection committee, comprised of SCBWI staff and members of the SCBWI Board of Advisors, will select 1-2 recipients to receive our books. The selecting will take place from May 23-June 23, 2017. The chosen regions’ recipients will be notified by June 29, 2017.

Members can begin sending their published (and signed) books to SCBWI HQ from July 12-September 4, 2017.


Upon announcement of the 2 regional recipients, two large-scale celebrations will be planned (July 12-October 31, 2017) and executed (date(s) in November TBD) by SCBWI HQ in the recipients’ regions.

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2 Responses to Nominate A Charitable Cause for SCBWI’s Books for Readers Campaign! by Lindsay Bandy

  1. Thank you for sharing! I have just the cause to nominate. A friend started a fundraising group a few years ago and she has partnered with two Philadelphia elementary schools. Among countless other things they have done to help these schools, the group has collected, created and presented these schools with functioning libraries and at least 12 classroom libraries who would otherwise have none. I’m sure they can benefit from even more books!

    • Hi Heather, this sounds like an excellent group! Just make sure you click on the link to officially nominate them so they can be in running 🙂 Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions. -Lindsay

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