Mid-Year Bernie’s Book Bank Check-In: Books I’ve Donated This Year

Posted July 20, 2022 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Let's Discuss / 8 Comments

Many of you know that I volunteer at Bernie’s Book Bank, a fantastic organization that provides books to kids in under-resourced areas. The founder of Bernie’s was a reading tutor and realized that many of the kids he worked with couldn’t practice reading at home because they had NO BOOKS! (Anyone visiting my blog understands the tragedy in this statement.) Well, he decided to do something about it, and now Bernie’s has given out more than 20 MILLION books!

Bernie’s gets lots of books from their partners (I’m including a pic down at the bottom of this post since these publishers, distributors and resellers deserve all the praise for their contributions), but they also rely on individuals who donate their gently-used kids’ books.

In 2020 and 2021, we did some major purging of my kids’ (and my) bookcases and donated a TON of books. Here’s just one example of a haul from 2020:

Since we already did the huge purge, this year I’ve just been donating a few books at a time when I volunteer. But I thought it would be fun to keep track of what I’m donating, so at the beginning of February I started taking pics each time I donate (I think I had one stack of books that I brought in January, but I hadn’t thought of this yet, so I missed those.

I’ve found that donating to Bernie’s has even changed my book buying and review-requesting. I find myself picking a book out specifically because I think I’d like to donate it once I’m through reading! (This is especially true for POC books since Bernie’s is really trying to increase the number of these books they’re providing to the community.) I’ve forced myself to part with books I loved. I’ve even sometimes found myself buying a book specifically to donate because I already read it and just know the kids Bernie’s serves would love it. There’s something special about knowing that you’re putting a really great book into the hands of a kid who might not otherwise get a chance to read it!

Well, here they are!

Books I’ve Donated to Bernie’s So Far in 2022

Title Author Source Date Donated
1 For Every Little Thing June Corner, Nancy Tupper Ling ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
2 My Magic Wand: Growing with the Seasons Pat Mora ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
3 Your Friend, Parker Jessica Curry, Parker Curry ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
4 Parker Dresses Up Jessica Curry, Parker Curry ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
5 Parker Shines On: Another Extraordinary Moment Jessica Curry, Parker Curry ARC/Publisher 2/11/2022
6 Ghosts Raina Telgemeier Purchased 2/4/2022
7 Rez Dogs Joseph Bruchac ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
8 Tiger Honor Yoon Ha Lee ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
9 Jillian vs. Parasite Planet Nicole Kornher-Stace ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
10 Dragon Pearl Yoon Ha Lee ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
11 I Wish I Had a Wookiee and Other Poems for Our Galaxy Ian Doescher ARC/Publisher 2/4/2022
12 Mercy Watson to the Rescue Kate DiCamillo Gift 2/4/2022
13 The Dark Talent Brandon Sanderson Purchased 2/11/2022
14 Violets Are Blue Barbara Dee ARC/Publisher 2/11/2022
15 Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Alda P. Dobbs ARC/Publisher 2/11/2022
16 Inkling Kenneth Oppel ARC/Publisher 2/11/2022
17 Frankie & Bug Gayle Forman ARC/Publisher 2/11/2022
18 Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates Chris Barton ARC/Publisher 2/11/2022
19 Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants Andrea Beaty Purchased 2/17/2022
20 It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah Purchased 2/17/2022
21 Sandapalooza Shake-Up Chris Grabenstein ARC/Publisher 2/24/2022
22 Drama Raina Telgemeier Purchased 2/24/2022
23 Nightingale Deva Fagan ARC/Publisher 2/24/2022
24 Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech Purchased 2/24/2022
25 The Copper Gauntlet Holly Black, Cassandra Clare ARC/Publisher 2/24/2022
26 Beach Battle Blowout Chris Grabenstein ARC/Publisher 3/3/2022
27 Werewolf Weekend B.A. Fraid, Stacia Deutsch ARC/Publisher 3/3/2022
28 Breaking the News Robin Terry Brown ARC/Publisher 3/10/2022
29 Pretty Perfect Kitty-Corn Shannon Hale Purchased 3/10/2022
30 New From Here Kelly Yang ARC/Publisher 3/24/2022
31 El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! Donna Barba Higuera ARC/Publisher 3/24/2022
32 When the Sea Turned to Silver Grace Lin ARC/Publisher 4/14/2022
33 Ghost Jason Reynolds Purchased 4/14/2022
34 The Hair Book Latonya Yvette ARC/Publisher 4/29/2022
35 Crazy in Poughkeepsie Daniel Pinkwater ARC/Publisher 4/29/2022
36 New From Here Kelly Yang ARC/Publisher 4/29/2022
37 Lia Park and the Missing Jewel Jenna Yoon ARC/Publisher 7/13/2022
38 When Stars Are Scattered Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed Gift 7/13/2022
39 The Natural Genius of Ants Betty Culley ARC/Publisher 7/13/2022
40 Spineless Samantha San Miguel ARC/Publisher 7/13/2022
41 The Pants Project Cat Clarke ARC/Publisher 7/13/2022
42 Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality Roshani Chokshi ARC/Publisher 7/13/2022
43 Refugee Alan Gratz Gift 7/13/2022
44 Booked Kwame Alexander Gift 7/13/2022

Bernie’s Book Bank Partners:

Is there an organization you love to donate books to? I wanna know!


8 responses to “Mid-Year Bernie’s Book Bank Check-In: Books I’ve Donated This Year

  1. Such a great thing to do and fun to keep track of! I always buy books during the holiday to donate with my purchases at Barnes & Noble for the deal they do, but don’t do much else other than when I just donate to Good Will or other places like that. I will have to look for a similar organization near me. Although I honestly don’t buy a ton of books other than ones I know I want on my shelves!

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