Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Books For Readers is Back with a New Twist


Our very successful literacy and book access initiative, Books For Readers, is back for 2019. Generous donations of nearly 3,000 books have reached Florida, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Oregon. We look forward to helping organizations or causes in other parts of the US and the world this year, too. We are open for nominations by members now through April 22 until 11am PT. Fill out a nomination form for a chance to give books to kids in need in your region.

We’re adding a new twist this year: the judging committee would like to help an additional member be a local hero in their region. Besides the two recipient organizations that will receive the books, the judges will select one other organization that will receive a $500 donation from SCBWI in the name of the nominating member. Your nominations take on even more importance as SCBWI and its members are committed to helping as many kids as possible have access to high-quality books. If you haven’t nominated an organization or cause yet, please do so by April 22.

To see Books For Readers in action, check out our YouTube channel for videos from the donation celebrations of all four previous recipients. Get all the information about the initiative on the FAQ.