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