Donate to SCBWI’s Books for Readers Book Drive!


You might have heard about the Books For Readers Book Drive through the SCBWI grapevine. And you probably have a few questions about what it is, when it is, and who can participate. So, check out the Q&A below, straight from Headquarters, and consider taking part in this wonderful outreach to readers!


A: SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS is our worldwide book drive. Its 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 advance our mission as an organization of book creators and literacy advocates

The selection committee, comprised of SCBWI staff and members of the SCBWI Board of Advisors, will choose 2 organizations to receive the books.

Q: When can I start sending books for the book drive? How will it work? 

A. SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS will accept books from June 1-July 9, 2018. You may donate PAL/traditionally published books you wrote or illustrated, or those of other members who did so. Members can send them to:

4727 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Attn:  SCBWI Books for Readers

Be sure to put the “Attn: SCBWI Books for Readers” line with the address. We receive many deliveries and we want to ensure yours gets included in the proper place. SCBWI HQ will accept, collect, store, curate, and distribute the books to the regional recipients prior to the celebration events to be held in October.

Depending upon the size and need of our recipients, SCBWI HQ will curate the number and type of books to be distributed and donate any surplus books to other nominated causes at its discretion.

Q: What types of books will be collected?

A: We will collect new fiction and non-fiction hard cover and paperback titles for children and teens (ages 0-17) including board books, early readers, picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, and graphic novels. Members may donate from 2-6 copies of any one title. The books must be new meaning published in the last 1-2 years.

Q: Can I donate self-published books to the book drive? 

A: Only books written or illustrated by PAL authors and illustrators can be donated.

For more Q & A about the Books for Readers Campaign, click on over to SCBWI’s main web site:


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