United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Holiday Book Drive

Book Drive


United Way's Holiday Book Drive brought to you by




A Shared Commitment To Students

The tenth annual Holiday Book Drive is taking place November 1st-December 9th, 2022 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, over 17,000 books have been collected to ensure students have at-home access.

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.

Genesis Begins Again    Alicia D. Williams

Lety Out Loud    Angela Cervantes

The Hate U Give    Angie Thomas 

Freedom Over Me    Ashely Bryan

Of Thee I Sing    Barak Obama

Skin Again    Bell Hooks

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

Trombone Shorty    Bryan Collier

The Big Bed    Bunmi Laditen

Across the Bay    Carlos Aponte

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe    Carlos Hernandez

Freedom in Congo Square    Carole Boston Weatherford

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer    Carole Boston Weatherford

Du Iz Tak?    Carson Ellis

The First Rule of Punk    Celia C. Perez

Brave. Black. First    Cheryl Hudson

The Mighty Miss Malone    Christopher Paul Curtis

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut    Derrick Barnes

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter    Erika Sanchez

Hello Universe     Erin Entrada Kelly

They Called Us Enemy    George Takei

I Am Enough    Grace Byers

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich    Ibi Zoboi

X: A Novel    Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon

My Papi Has a Motorcycle    Isabel Quintero

Amazing Artists    J.P. Miller 

Bayard Rustin    J.P. Miller 

Brave Leaders and Activists    J.P. Miller 

Charlotta Bass    J.P. Miller 

Groundbreaking Scientists    J.P. Miller
Henry Louis Gates    J.P. Miller 

Jackie Orms    J.P. Miller 

Leland Melvin    J.P. Miller 

Rebecca Lee Crumpler    J.P. Miller 

Shirley Chisholm    J.P. Miller 

Sports Heros    J.P. Miller 

Wendell Scott    J.P. Miller 

I Wish You  Knew - English    Jackie Azúa Kramer

I Wish You Knew - Spanish     Jackie Azúa Kramer

After Dupac and D Foster     Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming     Jacqueline Woodson

Coming on Home Soon    Jacqueline Woodson

Feathers    Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me    Jacqueline Woodson

Hush    Jacqueline Woodson

Locomotion    Jacqueline Woodson

Show Way     Jacqueline Woodson

The Other Side    Jacqueline Woodson

This is the Rope    Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin    Jacqueline Woodson 

All American Boys    Jason Reynolds

As Brave As You    Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down    Jason Reynolds

The Boy in the Black Suit    Jason Reynolds

Radiant Child    Javaka Steptoe

We are Not From Here    Jenny Torres Sanchez

New Kid    Jerry Craft

The Colors of Us    Karen Katz

Going Down Home with Daddy    Keely Starling Lyons

The Rock and the River    Kekla Magoon

The Season of Styx Malone    Kekla Magoon

World Inbetween     Kenan Trebincevic, Susan Shapiro

The THing I'm Most Afraid Of    Kristin Levine

The Crossover    Kwame Alexander

The Undefeated    Kwame Alexander

Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet    Laekan Zea Kemp

Wolf Hollow    Lauren Wolk

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

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

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

Finding Langston    Lesa Cline-Ransome

Sulwe    Lupita Nyong'o

Last Stop on Market Street    Matt de La Pena

Hair Love    Matthew A Cherry

Wolf in the Snow    Matthew Cordell

Merci Suarez Changes Gears    Meg Medina

Home is Inbetween     Mitali Perkins

Thank You Omu!    Oge Mora

The Hero Next Door    Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Sanctuary    Paola Mendoza

Mrs. Katz and Tush    Patricia Polacco

Vamos! Let's go to the Market    Raul Gonzalez

The Other Half of Happy    Rebecca Balcarcel

Piecing Me Together    Renee Watson

One Crazy Summer     Rita Williams Garcia

Gone Crazy in Alabama    Rita Williams-Garcia

A Glass House of Stars    Shirley Marr

American as Paneer Pie    Supriya Kelkar

Sugan In Milk    Thrity Umrigar

The Parker Inheritance    Varian Johnson

Count Me In    Varsha Bajaj

Unspeakable the Tulsa Race Massacre    Carole Boston Weatherford

Watercress    Andrea Wang

Have You Ever Seen A Flower    Shawn Harris

Wonder Walkers    Micha Archer

Mel Fell    Corey R. Tabor

Me (Moth)    Amber McBride

The Me I Chose to Be    Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Stuff of Stars    Marion Dana Bauer

What is Given From The Heart    Patricia C. Mckissack

Legendborn    Tracy Deonn

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