We’re so grateful for the support of the Boogie Down Books community for our efforts to bring more books and literary experiences to young people in neighborhoods in and around the South Bronx. On June 19, 2021, we’ll be hosting Spring Into Reading, our fifth annual book giveaway for young readers, and this year we are honored to partner with Made For Me Books, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization currently working to provide children in Harlem, grades K-12, with books that reflect their backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
We believe that this summer, every child should have access to the books they want to read. For more than a year, COVID-19 has deprived more than a million New York City children of easy access to classrooms and public libraries. We’ve timed this year’s event to coincide with our Juneteenth celebration so that kids and teens in Harlem and the South Bronx will choose new and exciting books that reflect the diversity of their communities to read over the summer and keep or pass along to family members, friends, neighbors, and classmates.
You can support this project with a tax-deductible donation in any amount to Made for Me Books. Your contribution will be used to purchase the books and host two events where we will give the books away for free to local young readers and families. On June 19, the books will be distributed at two locations:
We hope to raise at least $12,000 before June 19 to ensure that we can provide multiple books to as many children as possible. No donation is too small: a $10 contribution will allow a local child to select a book of their own that they are excited to read.
Thank you for helping to make it possible for us to do this work. We hope you’ll support this project and join us on June 19 at one or both locations to celebrate Juneteenth with us!
Note: We appreciate offers to donate used books, but at this time we are unable to accept book donations.
Registration info for book giveaway recipients coming soon!