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Once Upon a Book Drive

June 2018 marks 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. Because of your support, we can continue our efforts to provide books to children on behalf of early literacy this year! Our mission for SFTA annual Once Upon a Book Drive is simple: to collect and distribute quality children’s books to child care programs and families in need across Wisconsin. 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, this year we have a special need for bilingual and infant and toddler-aged books.

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

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.

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

Book Donation Locations Across Wisconsin

Region 1

5 Odana Court, Madison, 53719

Aldo Leopold Nature Center
330 Femrite Dr., Monona, 53716

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

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

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

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

Middleton Public Library
7425 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, 53562

Region 5
Region 2

Family Connections of SWWI
110 W Adams St., Platteville,  53818

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

 Region 6                                                                       

Lester Public Library of Vesper
6550 Virginia St., Vesper, 54489

T.B. Scott Free Library
1106 W. 1st St., Merrill, 54452

Region 3

Childcare Partnership
418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire,  54703

River Source Family Center
403 N. High St., Chippewa Falls,  54729

Region 7                         

Family Connections Inc.
Donation Locations:

Fond du Lac Public Library
32 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac, 54935

Region 4

Lakeland Family Resource Center
819 Ash St., Spooner, 54801

Northwest Connection FamilyResources
15896 W. 3rd St., Hayward,  54843

Shell Lake Public Library
501 1st St., Shell Lake, 54871

Spooner Memorial Library
421 High St., Spooner, 54801

Region 8

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

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

THANK YOU to Our 2018 Once Upon a Book Drive Community Supporters!

A big THANK YOU to all of our community supporters for helping to make the 2018 Once Upon a Book Drive a success. You’re making it possible for thousands of children across Wisconsin to have story books of their own which will spark a culture of reading and literary empowerment. Special thanks to Johnson Bank for agreeing to have all three of their locations as book donation sites. Thanks to the Willy Street Co-op for agreeing to collect at all three of their Madison locations from June 15th through the end of July. Thanks to the Madison Children’s Museum and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for collecting books for our book drive. Also thank you to the Wisconsin Public Library locations including Middleton, Shell Lake, Spooner Memorial, Lester and Fond du Lac Public Libraries as well as the T.B. Scott Free Library for acting as book collection sites and helping to spread the word about the drive. Once Upon A Book Drive also sends thanks to the Harbor Athletic Club and their members for agreeing to collect book donations. Thankyou Christy Meuzelaar and the Friends of the Madison Public Library for donating several boxes of books to the drive!


Once Upon A Book Drive’s Family literacy Events

This year Supporting Families Together Association is partnering with Jungle Day Care and Bilingual Preschool in Madison, WI to celebrate the importance of early literacy and support the Once Upon A Book Drive! Jungle Day Care will be encouraging their families to bring books to donate to the event, and SFTA will be providing an early literacy activity and running a raffle with literacy-themed prizes. A big thank you goes out to Jungle Day Care for collaborating with us, and to Lakeshore Learning Materials Co, the Learning Shop, the I’m Board game shop in Middleton, WI for donating the fun and educational prizes!

Are You an Avid Amazon Shopper? 

If so, 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!


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