Book Buddies Initiative

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book giveawayThe SAYL BOOK BUDDIES Initiative is collecting books suitable for kids in kinder through 5th grade to be given out at the end of the school year at free book fairs at our SAYL Reading Buddy schools.

Each child will be able to choose books to take home to read over the summer. Studies in educational development show that children who grow up owning books are much more likely to finish school. This means they are more likely to avoid the worst outcomes of poverty: dropping out, becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, teen pregnancy, joblessness. All because of books!

Hold a Book Drive! You can help change that and make every child a reader! The books you provide will be read again and again by their proud owners and other children in the family. Even parents can improve their reading ability by reading to or with their children!

You can facilitate all this by donating books your child has outgrown or no longer wants, or hold a book drive of your own. To donate books to SAYL Book Buddies or to organize a book drive please email

Types of Books We Need:

  • Picture Books (example – Where the Wild Things Are)
  • I Can Read series
  • Children’s chapter books
  • Any book appropriate up to a 6th grade level

Help Sort Books! Individuals and small groups are welcome to come help sort books at our Book Buddy Warehouse. Books need to be sorted by reading level along with any torn or tattered books need to be removed. Volunteers will be given a training on how to sort. Sign-up for a shift to help sort!

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