On November 4 the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators traveled to Portland, Oregon to celebrate the culmination of the Books for Readers program and donate our members’ books to a worthy cause. The winning organization, Kinship House, provides mental health services for children and families transitioning through foster care and the adoption system. The SCBWI collected over 1,000 books created and donated by our members, ranging from picture books to young adult to graphic novels, and used them to create a library for the children of Kinship House. SCBWI staff and regional advisors also organized a celebration that was attended by members of the nonprofit community, as well as state officials Commissioner Lori Stegmann and Senator Lew Frederick.
In December, the SCBWI will present another Books for Readers Library to the Refugee Dream Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this program. Your books are already being used to educate and inspire children across the country.