Celebration Donations

Dedicate your birthday, wedding or another celebration to Reach Out & Read Illinois. Ask your friends and family to make a donation in your honor or host a book drive in lieu of gifts.

Literacy-Rich Waiting Room

Help create a literacy-rich waiting room by donating:

  • Story time rugs
  • New bookcases
  • Child-sized furniture (benches, chairs, or tables)

Find out which Reach Out & Read program site is in need of your donations by connecting with our Program Coordinator.

Host a Book Drive

High-quality children’s books are expensive. That’s why community book drives are an important source of support for Reach Out & Read programs in Illinois.

If you’re interested in organizing a book drive for a Reach Out & Read program in your community, here are some guidelines to help in your planning.

  • Reach Out & Read’s focus is on children between the ages of 6 months through 5 years.
  • Books must be new*
  • All books should be developmentally-appropriate and culturally-appropriate. Books about sensitive issues like divorce, abuse, or death cannot be accepted, nor can books which include any reference to religious worship, instruction, or proselytization.
  • For a list of suggested children’s books, please refer to Choosing the Right Book.*

Donating Books

New books* to donate to clinic(s) with a Reach Out & Read program. Please fill out the form below.

Donate Books Form

Thank you for your support of early literacy and Reach Out & Read Illinois!

*Due to COVID-19 restrictions, used books can no longer be accepted or distributed by our clinics.