United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County Holiday Book Drive

2020 Holiday Book Drive Success!

Thanks to your generous donations, 975 books were collected in our 2020 Holiday Book Drive to be distributed to local program partners ensuring they make their way to the students who need them most. Special thanks to our incredible sponsor Capstone Health Alliance + program partner Barnes & Noble Asheville.



Donate a Book to a Local Student this Season...

The eighth annual Holiday Book Drive is taking place November 1-December 12, 2020 thanks to the generous support of Capstone Health Alliance and Barnes & Noble Asheville. Despite the challenges of this year, United Way's Women United is once again joining forces with our volunteer center, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, to collect books for elementary and middle school youth for the holidays and show them what we're able to do when we come together and Live United. All donated books will be distributed to programs serving diverse, underserved communities throughout Buncombe County. 

Last year 2,800 books were collected both online and through our wonderful program partner Barnes & Noble Asheville. Since the drive's inception nearly 13,000 books have been collected to support our local students thanks to your generosity and care.


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 for 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 come to safely collect the books at the end of the month and distribute them to community partners who will ensure they're in the hands of the students who need them most this holiday season.

Aren't able to make it out to shop safely right now? Donate online and we'll take care of the rest!

(*$12.99 is the average cost of one book)

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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




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 City Schools Learning Pods

Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC

Delta House

Enka Middle School

Erwin Middle School

Montford North Star Academy

Owen Middle School

Reach out and Read

Read to Succeed

Reynolds Middle School