Donate Books to Reach Out and Read

New books

Your generosity will allow the primary care pediatricians and nurse practitioners at CHOP’s 13 Reach Out and Read sites to give 56,500 brand-new, age-appropriate books to young children during their primary care well visits and talk with parents about the joys and importance of reading aloud and language development.

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

*Baby Faces / I Love Colors / What's on my Head
Margaret Miller / LITTLE SIMON (Simon & Schuster)

*Global 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 Brown

*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 / Dinosaurs Dance
Sandra Boynton / Little Simon (Simon & Schuster)

*My Very First Book of Food / Motion / Numbers
Eric Carle / Penguin Putnam

*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)

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 200,000 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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