For the Love of Reading

Read Across America Book Drive

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Kids Reading

Future Dreams Are Built Around Books

Kids start out with big dreams and goals for when they grow up. Reading is crucial for children to reach their dreams of becoming future astronauts, veterinarians, doctors, firefighters, video game developers, and pilots.

Access to books and not reading at grade level are big reasons why dreams slip away for children. We know that kids who are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

Studies show that enhancing a child’s access to books at home has a significant impact on their long-term learning. Unfortunately, many students – particularly in diverse communities – do not have high-quality, age-appropriate books in their home libraries.

Together, we change that! Let’s make sure children have access to books in their homes.

Results

  • More than 2,000 books donated
  • More than $13,000 raised to purchase books + support our work in our community

Our Community Impact team is distributing donated books to students who reside, and attend schools, in communities experiencing great inequities in education.

Books will stock Free Little Libraries in neighborhoods and help children grow a love for reading at home!

Our Read Across America book drive aims to increase children’s access to books at home and foster a nation of diverse readers!

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s book drive!

Click here to make a financial contribution to support United Way of San Diego County’s work. Your generous donation helps to address inequities in our community and close the gaps in education, literacy, and family stability so that all San Diegans can thrive.

MAKE A DONATION

Let’s Foster a Love for Reading

Will you join us in our annual Read Across America celebration by participating in our book drive?

From now until March 31st, we will be collecting donations to help us reach our goal of 1,000 books to distribute to students in San Diego.

Family Reading

There are four ways to give:

Click here to make a financial contribution to support United Way of San Diego County’s work. Your generous donation helps to address inequities in our community and close the gaps in education, literacy, and family stability so that all San Diegans can thrive.

Make a Donation

Purchase books online to donate to our book drive from our partner, Warwick’s.

*When purchasing a book on Warwick’s website, please make sure to select the “Pick Up In-Store” option. Warwick’s will automatically ensure that your donation is added to the Read Across America book donations.*

Donate a Book

Purchase a book in-store from one of our partners, Warwick’s or Libélula Books & Co., that will be put aside and donated to our book drive.

  • Warwick’s
    7812 Girard Ave
    La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Libélula Books & Co.
    950 S 26th St
    San Diego, CA 92113

Drop off new, unused books at our office between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on the following Wednesdays:

  • February 23
    March 2
    March 9
  • March 16
    March 23

Click here to make a financial contribution to support United Way of San Diego County’s work. Your generous donation helps to address inequities in our community and close the gaps in education, literacy, and family stability so that all San Diegans can thrive.

Make a Donation

Purchase books online to donate to our book drive from our partner, Warwick’s.

*When purchasing a book on Warwick’s website, please make sure to select the “Pick Up In-Store” option. Warwick’s will automatically ensure that your donation is added to the Read Across America book donations.*

Donate a Book

Purchase a book in-store from one of our partners, Warwick’s or Libélula Books & Co., that will be put aside and donated to our book drive.

  • Warwick’s
    7812 Girard Ave
    La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Libélula Books & Co.
    950 S 26th St
    San Diego, CA 92113

Drop off new, unused books at our office between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on the following Wednesdays:

  • February 23
    March 2
    March 9
  • March 16
    March 23

Partners and Sponsors

Partners

Thank you to our bookstore partners for supporting this book drive.

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Sponsors

A very special thank you to our book drive sponsors who are ensuring that San Diego children can keep their future dreams alive by fostering a love for reading.

Pulitzer $5,000 Sponsors

Booker $2,500 Sponsors