Donate Books to Reach Out and Read

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).

Recommended titles

TitleAuthor / Publisher
*Baby Faces / I Love Colors / What are on my HeadMargaret Miller / LITTLE SIMON (Simon & Schuster
*Global Babies/American BabiesThe Global Fund for Children (Charlesbridge
*Good Morning Baby *Baby Faces *Touch and Feel: Reptiles/ Farm Animals/123FUNFAX / DK Publishing (Covent Garden Books
*Natural Baby Books (Play, Sleep, Eat, & SplashSt. Martin’s Press by priddy book
*Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? *Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You HearBill Martin Jr. / Eric Carle / Henry Holt and Company
*Goodnight MoonMargaret Wise Brow
*The Very Hungry CaterpillarEric Carle
*Good Night, GorillaPeggy Rathman / Scholastic
*I Spy Board Books (Little Book / Little Wheels)Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick / Scholastic
*Blue Hat, Green Hat / Opposites / A to ZSandra Boynton / Little Simon (Simon & Schuster)
*My Very First Book of Food / Motion / NumbersEric Carle / Penguin Putnam
*Dr. Seuss Board Books (ABC, The Foot Book)Dr. Seuss / Random House
*Dinosaur Roar!Paul & Henriettal Stickland / Scholastic
*The Everything BookDenise Fleming / Henry Holt and Company
*Good Night PhiladelphiaAdam Gamble & Cooper Kelly / Our World of Books
*Ten, Nine, EightMolly Bang / Scholastic
*I Can Eat a RainbowAnnabel Karmel / DK Publishing
Where's Spot (lift the flap)?Eric Hill / Puffin
Where the Wild Things AreMaurice Sendak / Harper Collins
If You Take a Mouse to SchoolLaura Joffe Numeroff / Scholastic
Growing Vegetable Soup / Eating the AlphabetLois Ehlert / Voyager Books / Harcourt
The Car Washing StreetDenise Lewis Patrick / William Morrow
Bein' with You This WayW. Nikola-Lisa / Lee & Low Books, Inc.
Do Like KylaAngela Johnson / Scholastic
Book! Book! Book!Deborah Bruss / Scholastic
A Book of HugsDave Ross / Harper Trophy (Harper Collins)
AbiyoyoPete Seeger / Scholastic
Wild, Wild HairNikki Grimes / Scholastic
Jamaica Tag-AlongJuanita Havill / Houghton Mifflin
Allie's Basketball DreamBarbara E. Barber / Lee & Low Books
Annie's GiftsAngela Shelf Medearis/ Just Us Books, Inc.
Road BuildersB. G. Hennessy / Puffin (Penguin Group)
Max's LetterKen 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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