A Request for Donated Books

A reader sends along an excellent suggestion for what to do with unwanted books, including review copies: donate them to juvenile detention centers.

Nik Bose at Books2Prisoners [has] an effort to collect ARCs and review copies from bloggers and reviewers and use them to build libraries in several New Orleans area juvenile facilities. …

They are looking for books from the middle grade reading level and up, primarily dealing with multi-cultural themes and characters. As many of you kid lit reviewers know, it isn’t easy to find juvenile or YA books that have African American characters. Nik is more than happy to take any book – the group will sort through them and deliver those books to the kids that they think will work best and donate the rest to other area groups (libraries, etc.) in need of reading material.

In other words, there are certain books they are looking for but they are so desperate they will take whatever you’ve got.

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