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Once Upon a Book Drive

Once Upon a Book Drive

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Once Upon a Book Drive starting on June 15, 2017 and running through August. Last year we collected over 9,800 books for children in need with the help of our member Child Care Resource & Referral agencies and Family Resource Centers, community and business partners, and individual donors like you. That is our highest total yet! In our 3 years running this book drive we have collected over 20,500 books for Wisconsin children in need. That is amazing! We can’t wait to continue our efforts on behalf of early literacy this year.

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
*Please note that additional locations will be added as the book drive progresses. Refer to the regional map below to identify donation sites in your region, and click map image to enlarge. Click or view below for donation site addresses.
Region 1
4-C
Middleton Public Library
Local Johnson Bank locations (3)
Region 5
No current donation sites.
Region 2
The Parenting Place
Family Connections of Southwest WI
Family Resource Center of Iowa County:
115 W Merrimac St.
Dodgeville, WI, 53533
Cobb Public Library
Barneveld Public Library
Mineral Point Public Library
Region 6
Childcaring, Inc.
(Both locations)
Region 3
Child Care Partnership
Region 7
Family Connections, Inc.
Region 4
No current donation sites.
Region 8
No current donation sites.

Printable Book drive handouts
Help spread the word about Once Upon a Book Drive! Print and share these handouts with businesses, libraries, and organizations in your area. Four handouts can be printed per page.

Upcoming Book Drive Events:

*Stay Tuned for Events Surrounding our 2017 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 Kelly at kelly@supportingfamiliestogether.org with questions.

‘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

“Every day I have a different experience with the children.” – Erika Gutierrez, Owner Erika Gutierrez, Green Bay Fulfilling a Need It is fitting that Erika Gutierrez’s family child care program is named for her, given that it grew to […]

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