No substitute…

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.” ~ May Ellen Chase


My friend Denise over at Mormar has an amazing daughter. Bear in mind that I’ve met neither Denise nor her daughter in person but if you read this post, you will see why I say that she is amazing.

Denise’s daughter is putting on a book drive for for a small school in Florida. The school to be sponsored is in the second poorest county in Florida; 90% of the students in the school qualify for the free lunch program. Needless to say, they are all in dire need of books to read, to be read to them, to learn from, to escape to. What a wonderful thing that there are beautiful hearts like Denise’s daughter who want to help them out.

I’m drawn to any sort of a call for books, any drive to get books to those who might not otherwise have them but especially to one that is put together by a friend’s daughter. So, I’m extending the invitation to you all as well. Won’t you join me? I’m certainly not asking any of you to spend a lot of money – not any money really! But, if you have any books lying around that some of your kids have outgrown or won’t miss, maybe this would be a good place for them to go? If you are interested, just let me know and I will get Denise‘s address to you.

Of course, there will be many others participating as well but if you have a few to send along, that would be great. Thanks so much!

And, once again, kudos to Denise‘s daughter for doing such a bold and selfless thing and kudos to Denise for bringing such a wonderful heart into this world. We need more people like you two!

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”
~ Walt Disney



19 thoughts on “No substitute…

  1. I have just the thing! I got 3 sets of my favorite childhood books for Christmas! Send me her address and I will mail her one 🙂

  2. We would love to participate. My sons George(10) and Jack(5) have lots of great books that are in excellent shape. Let us know where to send them and thanks for including us!

  3. Mindy – That is awesome! I know she will be so excited to have the books that George and Jack are finished with. Thank you!

    Steph – Cool! Sounds like the perfect thing to get in on the cleaning out of classrooms! Thanks for sending what you can to her!

    I’ve sent both of you her info. 🙂

  4. I just went through John’s books and had quite a few in a box for consignment. We can go through them and send whatever you think they can use. Glad I didn’t make it there with the boxes yet.

  5. Hi. I am interested in sending my books from high school and elementary. I have hundreds though… is there a way that if I find the total of sending them over, we can split the bill or something?? email me to let me know.

  6. If you are located closer to Florida than I, then maybe if would be cheaper for you to send directly.
    Or just send one box to me and I will share freight. send ups ground.

    just let me know what you think.

  7. Karen Beth – I’d love to send a few books. Can you email me with her address? Thanks for posting this to CaC – that’s how I found out about it!!


    tdmimms @

  8. I just found an english childrensbook I can send her!!! I am so happy because all my childrensbooks are in dutch and have been picking my brain to send in something aswellThank you K for the address and it will be in the mail today!xoxo D

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