Book Drive

My Very Own Book

Community Children's Book Drive April 1 - 30

Event Printable Poster

Community Goal: 6,000 Books



Top 10 Reasons to Donate Books

1. Collecting books is FUN and easy!

2. Almost 24% of our 4th graders are not reading at grade level.

3. Owning books is a critical indicator in every child's development.

4. Providing books to children is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to promote language and literacy.

5. Research shows that reading aloud to kids us THE single most important act you can do to help a child prepare for learning and reading.

6. The number of words a child knows upon entering school is a key predictor to his or her future success.

7. A child not reading at grade level by third grade is at a higher risk of not graduating than their peers.

8. Lack of basic literacy skills is linked to academic challenges, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency and unemployment.

9. Your books will go into the hands of children in Johnson County.

10.Your partnership and participation matters.


What YOU Can Do

 Step 1: Put up a poster and spread the word--promote and collect books within your business, organization or neighborhood. Donate Here poster

Step 2: Get a Collection Box from United Way and serve as an official site to Collect Books

Step 3Contact United Way to pick up the books as your box is full or when you are done, 319-338-7823 or email u

**Call 319-338-7822 if you or your group would like to volunteer to sort collected children's books.





 Book Dropbox Locations:

  • One Book Two Book Children's Book Festival, February 24

  • Hills Bank--10 locations

  • University of Iowa Community Credit Union--6 locations

  • US Bank--5 locations

  • Kirkwood Regional Center at University of Iowa

  • Kirkwood Community College Iowa City Campus


  • Iowa City Senior Center

  • Rockwell Collins

  • Neuman Monson

  • P&G Oral Care

  • North Liberty Library

  • Shive Hattery

  • UI Center for Advancement

  • ACT

  • Pearson

  • Prairie Lights

  • Liberty High School

  • Iowa City West High School

  • UI Tippie College of Business

  • Willowwind

  • Mercy Pediatrics

  • Mercy Hospital

  • MMS Consultants

  • Willowwind

  • Nature's Way Dry Cleaning