Reach Out and Read

Donate New and Gently-Used Books

New books

The children, families, and staff at CHOP’s nine Reach Out and Read sites (primary care doctor's offices) are excited to receive your donation of children’s books or funds to purchase new books.

Your generosity will allow the Reach Out and Read pediatricians and nurse practitioners to give 36,000 brand-new, age-appropriate books to young children during their regular checkups and talk with parents about the joys and importance of reading aloud.

If you choose to purchase or collect new books, please review the list of recommended titles below. Reach Out and Read will accept similar new books that are not on the list. We are always in great need of brand-new board books for infants and toddlers (6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 30 months old).

Donate new books: recommended titles

Title Author / Publisher
*Baby Faces / I Love Colors / What are on my Head Margaret Miller / LITTLE SIMON (Simon & Schuster
*Global Babies/American Babies The Global Fund for Children (Charlesbridge
*Good Morning Baby *Baby Faces *Touch and Feel: Reptiles/ Farm Animals/123 FUNFAX / DK Publishing (Covent Garden Books
*Natural Baby Books (Play, Sleep, Eat, & Splash St. Martin’s Press by priddy book
*Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? *Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear Bill Martin Jr. / Eric Carle / Henry Holt and Company
*Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brow
*The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle
*Good Night, Gorilla Peggy Rathman / Scholastic
*I Spy Board Books (Little Book / Little Wheels) Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick / Scholastic
*Blue Hat, Green Hat / Opposites / A to Z Sandra Boynton / Little Simon (Simon & Schuster)
*My Very First Book of Food / Motion / Numbers Eric Carle / Penguin Putnam
*Dr. Seuss Board Books (ABC, The Foot Book) Dr. Seuss / Random House
*Dinosaur Roar! Paul & Henriettal Stickland / Scholastic
*The Everything Book Denise Fleming / Henry Holt and Company
*Good Night Philadelphia Adam Gamble & Cooper Kelly / Our World of Books
*Ten, Nine, Eight Molly Bang / Scholastic
*I Can Eat a Rainbow Annabel Karmel / DK Publishing
Where's Spot (lift the flap)? Eric Hill / Puffin
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak / Harper Collins
If You Take a Mouse to School Laura Joffe Numeroff / Scholastic
Growing Vegetable Soup / Eating the Alphabet Lois Ehlert / Voyager Books / Harcourt
The Car Washing Street Denise Lewis Patrick / William Morrow
Bein' with You This Way W. Nikola-Lisa / Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Do Like Kyla Angela Johnson / Scholastic
Book! Book! Book! Deborah Bruss / Scholastic
A Book of Hugs Dave Ross / Harper Trophy (Harper Collins)
Abiyoyo Pete Seeger / Scholastic
Wild, Wild Hair Nikki Grimes / Scholastic
Jamaica Tag-Along Juanita Havill / Houghton Mifflin
Allie's Basketball Dream Barbara E. Barber / Lee & Low Books
Annie's Gifts Angela Shelf Medearis/ Just Us Books, Inc.
Road Builders B. G. Hennessy / Puffin (Penguin Group)
Max's Letter Ken Wilson-Max / Hyperion

*CHOP Reach Out and Read prefers the board book version

Gently-used books

Our Reach Out and Read sites also accept donations of gently-used books for children and adolescents. At least 100,000 appropriate gently-used books are needed to distribute each year. Our greatest need is gently-used books for children ages birth to 10 years. Used books should be gently-used (covers and pages intact, clean and readable).

Books with sensitive issues and/or illustrations (such as abuse, death, divorce, holidays, religion, violence, weapons) cannot be distributed at these Reach Out and Read sites.

How to deliver books

When you are about ready to deliver the children’s books, please contact CHOP’s Reach Out and Read coordinator at 215-590-5989 or to discuss and confirm delivery location. It is very helpful if you can try to call one to two weeks prior to delivery.

Depending on the size of your donation, the drop off destination may vary. Please mark the box/bag of books with “Reach Out and Read.”

The Reach Out and Read coordinator will mail a thank you letter to the donor(s). Please call 215-590-5989 and give the donor’s name and mailing address.

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