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Blast Off For Books

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This Sunday, May 27
is the last day to donate books!

Help us collect 100,000 books for the children of Houston!

The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering will be collecting books for students in Pre-K through 6th grade.

The Gathering has recognized the need to lift up literacy in Houston. Building a foundation of literacy starts before entering Kindergarten. Students who read at home become strong writers, critical thinkers, and more successful students than those who do not. Houston Independent School District estimates that 74% of the students in the district come from families who struggle to provide books for their children. This means the students begin each school year at a disadvantage.

In joining the Gathering’s Blast Off for Books campaign, you will help ensure bright futures for Houston’s students. The books you donate will be distributed at community book fairs, camps, and other events around the city as part of the Gathering’s Service Learning experience. By putting books in the hands of Houston’s economically disadvantaged students, you can help change lives.

Please use the book list below to purchase or order a few from your favorite book retailer, then bring your book donations to Lord of Life by Sunday, May 27.

Shopping on Amazon? See tinyurl.com/2018LOLBlastOffforBooksAmazon to add titles directly to your cart.

We’ll deliver them to the Southern Ohio Synod Assembly in Columbus, June 1-2. From there, they will be packaged and sent to Houston. Please only bring the books that are listed below. All books must be new or gently used. Thank you for helping children read and thrive!

Our partners at the Houston Independent School District identified the following books:

Bad Kitty (Series) by Nick Bruel

Elephant and Piggie (Series) by Mo Willems

Frog and Toad (Series) by Arnold Lobel

It's Shoe Time by Mo Willems and Brian Collier

Little Bear (Series) by Elsa Holmelund Minarik

Mercy Watson (Series) by Kate DiCamillo

Amulet (Series) by Kazu Kibuisji

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Ghost by Raina Telgameier

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Secret Coders (Series) by Gene Luen Yang

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Series) by Jeff Kinney

Dog Man (Series) by Dav Pilkey

Dragon Masters (Series) by Tracey West

Eerie Elementary (Series) by Jack Chabert

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Frank Einstein (Series) by Jon Scieszka

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

I Survived (Series) by Lauren Tarshis

Laura Line by Crystal Allen

Matilda by Ronald Dahl

One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Origami Yoda (Series) by Tom Angleberger

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

The Cross Over by Kwame Alexander

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Wonder by Raquel Palacio

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubim

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina

Pete the Cat (Series) by James Dean

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Why Am I Me by Paige Britt

Nerds, Book 1: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley

Martina and the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy

 

Last modified on Thursday, 31 May 2018 08:43