Books For Readers FAQ

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A. SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS is our worldwide book drive. Its mission is 3-fold:

•     To help increase book access for readers in desperate need of books by collecting and donating books that SCBWI members create…

•    To help promote our authors, illustrators, and their books… 

•    To advance our mission as an organization of book creators and literacy advocates…

Q. How will the book drive recipients be chosen? 

A. Members will choose them! All SCBWI members can nominate 1 or 2 local causes with readers in need (e.g. after school programs, day care centers, domestic violence and homeless shelters, hospitals, libraries, literacy organizations, refugee camps, schools, and sites of man-made or natural disasters) that they believe would be worthy SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS recipients for 2017 by completing this entry form which will automatically be sent to your Region's Email Box, or printing it and sending via snail mail to the SCBWI address below in the "When can I start sending books for the book drive?" section. Snail mail and online entries must be received by April 30, 2017

Regions will submit their final nominations to SCBWI Headquarters by May 22 , 2017

The selection committee, comprised of SCBWI staff and members of the SCBWI Board of Advisors, will select 2 regional recipients to receive the books. The selecting will take place from May 23-June 23, 2017. The chosen recipients’ region(s) will be notified on June 28-29, 2017

Q. When can I start sending books for the book drive? How will it work? 
A. SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS BOOK DRIVE will officially begin accepting books for the collection from July 12 – September 4, 2017. Members can send them to: 

4727 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 301
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Attn:  SCBWI Books for Readers    

SCBWI HQ will accept, collect, store, curate, and distribute the books to the regional recipients prior to the celebration events to be held in November

Depending upon the size and need of our recipients, SCBWI HQ will curate the number and type of books to be distributed, and donate any surplus books to other nominated causes at its discretion.     

Q. What types of books will we be collecting?

A. We will be collecting our members’ published new fiction and non-fiction hard cover and paperback titles for children and teens (ages 0-17) including board books, early readers, picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels, YA novels, and graphic novels. 

Q. How do I go about contacting my publishers for ARCs, titles going out of print, and/or those being remaindered? 

A. SCBWI members may want to reach out to their individual publishers’ editors and/or marketing staff to inquire re: the best people with whom to contact. 

Q. How many books do we anticipate collecting?  

A. The collection period will be over 8 weeks so we'll see how many books we have at that end of that time. The number of books that will actually go to the recipient(s) will depend on what the needs are and the capacity of the causes or organizations to house books. Thus, SCBWI HQ will curate the number and type of books to be distributed, and donate any surplus books to other nominated causes at its discretion.     

Q. Can I donate my self-published books to the book drive? 

A. Yes, all members are encouraged to donate copies of their books to the SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS BOOK DRIVE.

Q. Do you want the donated books to be signed and personalized? 
A. Autographed books are extra special treats for all readers. If you would also like to include a personal message, please make it a general message about reading or the love of books since we will not know exactly where any of the books will be headed until we finalize the recipient causes and/or organizations, and curate the titles. 

Q. Can I sign up to help at one of the celebration events?

A. We will be asking for volunteers once we finalize the celebration event venues and dates. Please visit the SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS web page regularly for up to the minute details. 

Q. What kind of press coverage is being planned for the SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS Book Drive and its celebration events?  

A. We will be will be reaching out to local and national press (e.g. print, radio, and TV outlets), top publishing industry press vehicles, and using social media to help promote the causes and/or organizations we choose, as well as our authors who participate, their books, and SCBWI.

Q. What else can we do to help the SCBWI BOOKS FOR READERS Book Drive and to spread the word? 

A. You can help spread the news on social media and/or in-person events to encourage fellow SCBWI members to join the book drive!