United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Holiday Book Drive

 

 

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The 2021 Holiday Book Drive Has Ended

It is with heartfelt sincerity that we thank our sponsors at Barnes & Noble (Tunnel Rd.) and Capstone Health, the community donors who supported this year, and the partners who distributed books out to students. 

Working together, we were able to:

  • Distribute 1,692 books to students throughout Buncombe County
    • 1,115 to Elementary School students
    • 422 to Middle School students
    • 155 to High School students

That equates to a retail value of $21,980 - amazing. Thank you for your generosity!

And a very special thank you to our partners for ensuring students received the gift of literature this year by distributing books (see the full list of distribution partners below)

Again, thank you to all who participated in our Drive this year. Your support and hard work are truly inspiring.  


 

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A Shared Commitment To Students

The ninth annual Holiday Book Drive is taking place November 1st-December 10th, 2021 thanks to the generous support of Capstone Health Alliance and Barnes & Noble Asheville.

Once again, we're making it incredibly easy to participate. Individuals, businesses, and nonprofits can support this year's Drive in two ways:

  1. Make an online donation and we'll purchase a book for you
  2. Shop in person at Barnes & Noble Asheville Mall

All donated books will be distributed to programs serving diverse, historically underserved communities throughout Buncombe County. Thanks to your generosity and care, since the drive's inception, nearly 15,667 books have been collected to ensure students have at-home access.

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Shop at Barnes & Noble Asheville and Support Students in Buncombe County

Barnes & Noble Booksellers at the Asheville Mall are hosting our book drive so customers can easily donate books while shopping during the holidays. You can choose books from a culturally diverse selection being offered this year, purchase at checkout, and leave them with your cashier. We will collect the books at the end of the Drive and distribute them to community partners who will ensure they reach the students who need them most.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Hush by Jacqueline Woodson

This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

My Life As an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Chains (Seeds of America Trilogy Series #1) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Forge (Seeds of America Trilogy Series #2) by Laurie Halse Anderson

Ashes (Seeds of America Trilogy Series #3) by Laurie Halse Anderson

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

After Dupac and the D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer by Carole Boston Weatherford

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Skin Again by Bell Hooks

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Vamos! Let's Go To The Market by Raul Gonzalez

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o

Hair Love by Matthew A Cherry

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Of Thee I Sing by Barak Obama

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

Trombone Shorty by Bryan Collier

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Du Iz Talk? by Carson Ellis

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

The Hero Next Door by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcarcel

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Thank You Omu! by Oge Mora

Across the Bay by Carlos Aponte

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Going Down Home with Daddy by Keely Starling Lyons

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditen

Coming on Home Soon by Jacqueline Woodson

Freedom Over Me by Ashley Bryan 

Brave. Black. First by Cheryl Hudson

They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Bayard Rustin by J.P. Miller

Charlotta Bass by J.P. Miller

Henry Louis Gates by J.P. Miller

Jackie Orms by J.P. Miller

Leland Melvin by J.P. Miller

Major Taylor by J.P. Miller

Rebecca Lee Crumpler by J.P. Miller

Shirley Chisholm by J. P. Miller

Sister Rosetta Tharpe by J.P. Miller

Wendell Scott by J.P. Miller

Amazing Artists by J.P. Miller

Brave Leaders and Activists by J.P. Miller

Groundbreaking Scientists by J.P. Miller

Sports Heros by J.P. Miller

I Wish You Knew - English by Jackie Azua Kramer

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Hello Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar

A Glass House of Stars by Shirley Marr

Hush by Jaqueline Woodson

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza

Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

 

 

 

 

United Way is partnering with a variety of organizations to ensure these books are in the hands of local students who need them most.

Asheville High School

Asheville Middle School

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC

Delta House

Enka High School

Enka Middle School

Erwin High School

Erwin Middle School

Montford North Star Academy

North Buncombe Middle School

Owen Middle School

Project Lighten Up Virtual Learning Academy

Reach out and Read

Read to Succeed

Reynolds High School

Reynolds Middle School

Umoja Health, Wellness and Justice Collective

YMCA of WNC