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Once Upon a Book Drive

Once Upon a Book Drive

In June of 2018 we celebrate 5 years of our annual Once Upon a Book Drive! To date, this book drive has collected over 23,200 books for Wisconsin children in need, with the help of our participating member Child Care Resource & Referral agencies and Family Resource Centers, community and business partners, and individual donors like you. We can’t wait to continue our efforts on behalf of early literacy this year! Mark your calendars for the 2018 Once Upon a Book Drive starting June 15, 2018 and running through the end of August.

Once Upon a Book Drive is an annual effort on behalf of SFTA, our members, and our community partners, to collect and distribute quality children’s books to child care programs and families in need across Wisconsin. The drive runs annually from June 15th through August 31st. During the drive we accept new or gently used books that contain educational, appropriate content for children from ages 0 to 12. If you are considering a donation please keep in mind that while distributing books collected in previous years we saw a need for more 0-3 age books, so we are emphasizing a need for infant and toddler-aged books.

Are You a Wisconsin Non-Profit in Need of Books?

Click here to access our Book Recipient Application and criteria, to apply for a portion of the books that we collect through the drive. Please note that books are distributed based on need and availability.

Are you an avid Amazon shopper? Getting started on that holiday shopping or have a birthday coming up? Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of ALL of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to SFTA, where your money goes to support Wisconsin children and their families. Double your giving by purchasing books to donate to our drive!

Supporting Families Together Association

Find a Book Donation Site Near You, & Help Us Spread the Word!

Book Donation Locations Across Wisconsin
*More 2018 donation sites will be posted soon!
Region 1
Middleton Public Library
7425 Hubbard Ave. Middleton, WI 53562

Johnson Bank (East)
5201 E Terrace Dr. Ste. 100, Madison, WI, 53718

Johnson Bank (West)
525 Junction Rd. Ste. 2000, Madison, WI 53717

Johnson Bank (downtown)
159 Martin Luther King Blvd, Madison, WI 53703

The Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N Hamilton St., Madison, WI 53703

Region 5
Region 2
Family Connections of SWWI
110 W Adams St. Platteville, WI 53818

The Parenting Place
1500 Green Bay St. La Crosse, WI 54601

Region 6
Region 3 Region 7
Region 4
Northwest Connection Family Resources
15896 W 3ed St. Hayward, WI 54843
Region 8

Printable Book drive handouts
2018 statewide book drive handouts (Handouts can be printed 4 to a page)

Upcoming Book Drive Events:

*Stay Tuned for Events Surrounding our 2018 Drive.

Why Books?

Current research shows that early learning and literacy is crucial to a child’s later development. The learning and experiences children have within their earliest years help shape lifelong outcomes. Learn more about the research surrounding early learning and literacy:

Parents should read aloud to infants every day, pediatricians say
Language gap between rich and poor children begins in infancy, Stanford psychologists find

Our Preferred Book Donation Lists

Please look through these book lists for ideas for quality children’s literature to donate to our book drive. You may donate books not on these lists as long as they meet our requirements for educational, appropriate materials for children ages 0-12. Thank you for your support, and please contact Jill at jill@supportingfamiliestogether.org with questions regarding the requirements for book donations.

‘Faculty Finds’ Children’s Book Lists
Book Nook Books from the Pyramid Model
Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal Awards
Read on Wisconsin
– Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers
– Grades K-2
– Grades 3-5
The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)
Association for Library Service to Children
Zero to Three: Books About Feelings for Babies and Toddlers
NAEYC Suggestions for Children’s Books
SFTA’s Once Upon a Book Drive Pinterest Board
Don’t Miss Lists from the Wisconsin Library System:Picture Books FictionNon-fiction, & Foreign Language
Selected Literature By and About First Nations Children and Families

SFTA Staff Read and Share Their Favorite Book Picks

Abbe, SFTA Early Childhood Program Specialist, The Grouchy Ladybug

Buy this book or your buy favorite for Once Upon a Book Drive and help a child in need!

Romilia, SFTA Bilingual Quality Improvement Specialist, El Ratoncito La Fresa Roja y Madura Y EL GRAN OSO HAMBRIENTO

Buy this book or buy your favorite for Once Upon a Book Drive and help a child in need!

THANK YOU to Our 2017 Once Upon a Book Drive Community Supporters!

Johnson Bank (Madison): For agreeing to have all 3 Madison locations act as book donation sites.

Wisconsin Public Libraries: For selected locations acting as book collection sites and helping to spread the word about the drive. (Please see our book donation locations tab above, to link to and find these participating libraries).

  • Middleton Library
  • Barneveld Public Library
  • Cobb Library
  • Mineral Point Public Library

See Success for Yourself

“Working with YoungStar has been a total success. With YoungStar I was guided to create a safe environment to make sure everything the children needed was in place.” – Ivelisse Crespo, Owner/Provider Ivelisse Crespo Family Child Dc, Milwaukee Getting Started […]

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