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Books For Kids collects and distributes books to underprivileged youth in over 50 agencies and organizations throughout Oregon and SW Washington. Through grants, donations, and partnering with local companies to raise funds for book purchases (thank you Barnes & Noble Bookstores) we are able to purchase new books.

Books for Kids logo - a program from Willamette Writers that delivers books to childrenIn recent years our primary sources of these new books has been Scholastic and First Book Marketplace. Through judicious purchasing, coupled with donated new books, our average cost of new books is kept between $2 and $3 each. We also collect both new and like new children’s books as donations from a variety of sources, including book drives and other donation programs.

Every Child Should Have A Book To Call Their Very Own!

How Can You Help?

  • Collect new books at your work, church or service organization.
  • Whenever you buy a book, purchase an extra children’s book and donate it to Books For Kids.
  • Volunteer to write a grant or organize a fund-raising drive.
  • Lead us to discounted books available for purchase from publishers or book sellers.

We would be happy to accept your book donations at any of our monthly chapter meetings. If you collect a large number of books, please give us a call and we’ll make delivery arrangements as well as provide you with our profuse thanks and gratitude.

Tax Deductible Donations

Use this form to make a tax-deductible cash donation which we will use to purchase books for distribution to the organizations we serve.

OR use your credit card to make a donation:

Please contact the Willamette Writers, Inc. office at (503)305-6729 or booksforkids[at]willamettewriters[dot]com with any questions.

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Books for Kids Updates:

Books for Kids logo - a program from Willamette Writers that delivers books to children

Mom, look I have my own books. Now I can read them to my friends.” – Child who received books from Books for Kids

Willamette Writers’ Books for Kids program in partnership with Clackamas Barnes & Noble collected 3,541 new books and raised $1269.24 to purchase books for children in need. Thank you Barnes & Noble and all of the book-loving Willamette Writers supporters who helped us accomplish this feat!

Barnes & Noble’s Holiday Book Fair and Book Drive collected English and Spanish language books ranging from Early Readers to Young Adult. Books for Kids has since donated these books to Children’s Book Bank; Albertina Kerr; Goodwill; Children’s Club, YWCA; Toy and Joy; Youth, Rights, & Justice; Public Employees Retirement System; Metropolitan Family Services, Willamette Education Service District, SMART, and Impact NW.

Here are some stories about how these donations have touched lives:

YWCA Family Preservation Project Program

The YWCA distributed the books to their Family Preservation Project program, which helps incarcerated women rehabilitate and prepare for life after incarceration. The Family Preservation Project and other family-oriented programs stem from the YWCA’s Center for Justice Involved Families.

The books now live in the Early Childhood Education classroom at Coffee Creek where families meet for visitations and connect with their families by playing and reading together. Jill Morrow of YWCA called these books “a priceless gift!”

Youth, Rights & Justice

Youth, Rights & Justice strives to improve the lives of at-risk children and families in Oregon, such as children in foster care who have been abused, neglected, or in trouble. As part of their efforts, the attorneys deliver new books to their clients. They believe that children who have suffered trauma deserve brand new books of their very own.

Janeen Olsen from Youth, Rights & Justice has said that Willamette Writers Books for Kids program is their only source for new books. She told us that most of the time, when the attorneys bring our books to their clients, they “are the first new books these children have ever seen, let alone owned. The books make a tremendous difference in the lives of these children, at a time when they are the most vulnerable.”

Metropolitan Family Services

After Willamette Writers delivered books to Metropolitan Family services, the books landed in the hands of their AARP Experience Corps volunteers, adults 50 years or older who tutor children from kindergarden through third grade in the Portland Metro area. The volunteers were thrilled to receive new books in English and Spanish, enabling them to reach a diverse group of learners.

Jessica McLaren from Metropolitan Family Services said, “Getting new readers excited about reading can sometimes be a challenge, but being able to share new, culturally inclusive and age-appropriate books can be a great place to start!”

Children’s Book Bank

In 2008, The Children’s Book Bank set out to give books to children in need, and they have since supplied books to over 41,000 children from low-income families who may have never owned books before. One parent from Portland Public Schools Head Start told Children’s Book Bank that her son said, “Mom, look I have my own books. Now I can read them to my friends.”

Albertina Kerr

Willamette Writers delivered over two hundred English and Spanish books to Albertina Kerr. These books became part of Albertina Kerr’s Grant a Wish program, a holiday drive to provide gifts and cheer to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.

Willamette Writers Book Fair& Fundraiser

For three nights, from December 2nd to December 4th, Willamette Writers will host events for all book lovers with author readings, book signings, and free workshops in honor of the Holiday Book Fair at Barnes & Noble at the Clackamas Town Center. Join us as we celebrate writing with Heidi Schulz, Paige McKenzie, Tina Connolly, Phil Margolin and Amy Margolin Rome, and many other authors.

While you’re there, any purchase you make, from a latte to a book, can help support the Willamette Writers’ Books for Kids program.

Just use voucher code: 11723269

December 4th: Kids’ Night

Meet our Young Willamette Writers, talented students from fifth to tenth grade, who will collaborate with award-winning authors to bring you an evening of reading cheer.

Kids' Night at Willamette Writers Book Fair & FundraiserMainstage Author Readings/Signings
6:30 PM Rosanne Parry
7:00 PM Heidi Schulz

Café Author Readings/Signings
6:00 PM Young Willamette Writer: Davin Carsten
6:15 PM Young Willamette Writer: Katie Palka
6:30 PM Estela Bernal
6:45 PM Amy Costales
7:00 PM Cidney Swanson
7:15 PM Lisa Nowak
7:30 PM Patricia Morrissey
7:45 PM Suzy Vitello

And there’s more: Crafts! Games! Legos! Trains! And The Polar Express Pajama Party! Learn more here.
Come join in the fun – it’s free and in support of a great cause.

December 3rd: Meet the Author Night

Join Willamette Writers authors who will team up with New York Times Bestselling authors for a full evening of readings, book signings, and mini-workshops.

Main Stage Author Readings/Signings
6:00 PM Tina Connolly
6:30 PM Phil Margolin and Amy Margolin Rome
7:00 PM Paige McKenzie
7:30 PM Ali Berman

Cafe Author Readings/Signings
6:00 PM Adam Copeland
6:15 PM Benjamin Gorman
6:30 PM Mark Saltveit
6:45 PM Sybilla Cook
7:00 PM William Nolan
7:15 PM Stevan Allred
7:30 PM Barry Becker
7:45 PM Bob Ferguson

6:00 PM How do authors find stories
Jill Kelly
6:30 PM How to plot your story in 30 minutes or less
Leslie Gould
7:00 PM How to write personal stories that sell
Samantha Waltz
7:30 PM Crafting narrative from character details
Samuel Snoek-Brown

December 2nd: The Timberline Review Night

Come listen to readings and participate in free workshops hosted by writers from the inaugural issue of Willamette Writers’ literary journal, The Timberline Review.

6:00-6:45 PM Crafting Dialogue Workshop with Kate Ristau and Maren Andersen
6:45-7:15 PM Readings from Carolyn Martin, Beth Bonness, Steve Theme, and Brittney Corrigan
7:15-8:00 PM Flash Fiction Workshop with Leslie What

Join us! Buy a book, hob nob with award-winning authors, meet Willamette Writers members, and help a child in need with the gift of a book and all the adventures within.

Stop by and find a book to share with a kid in need.

Stop by and find a book to share with a kid in need.

Come join Willamette Writers at Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center for our Holiday Book Fair to support Books for Kids on December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. You can meet and greet several local authors and help support Willamette Writers and its Book For Kids Program with every book you buy, in the store or online.

Just use the voucher code: 11723269.

Each night of the Book Fair from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Willamette Writers will host authors readings and workshops at Barnes & Noble, Clackamas Town Center, 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Portland.

We’ll ring in the festivities on December 2 with readings from writers published in the Willamette Writers’ literary journal, The Timberline Review. On December 3, we will celebrate the published successes of Willamette Writers members and authors, and we’ll hold a special Kids Night on December 4th, featuring the talents of Young Willamette Writers and authors of children’s literature.

And don’t forget to buy a book during your visit!

A percentage of every sale made in-store (with the voucher code: 11723269) at Barnes & Noble from December 2nd to December 6th will go to support Books For Kids and Willamette Writers.

Help spread the word! Tweet:
What’s Free & Fun? #wilwrite’s Book Fair & Fundraiser! Dec 2-4, PACKED w/local writers. #PDX Tweet: What's Free & Fun? #wilwrite's Book Fair & Fundraiser! Dec 2-4, PACKED w/local writers. #PDX

Want to help out with our gift-wrapping station?

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And don’t worry — if you can’t make it to the store, you can use your voucher code online until December 11th to support your community.

Books For Kids is a Willamette Writers program that distributes donated books to disadvantaged children and teenagers. The program works with 50 agencies and organization in the Portland Metro, Eugene, and Medford areas including children’s hospitals, shelters, schools, and other centers and agencies supporting families in need.

Join us! Buy a book, hob nob with authors, meet Willamette Writers members, and help a child in need with the gift of a book and all the adventures within.

Join Us For These Events (Free and Open to the Public):

Wednesday, December 2nd – Timberline Review Night (details and lineup on Facebook)

Thursday, December 3rd – Meet the Author Night (details and lineup on Facebook)

Friday, December 4th – Kids’ Night (details and lineup on Facebook)

Giveaway: We’re raffling a copy of Timberline Review for the occasion. Details here.

And when you shop at Barnes & Noble, use this number: #11723269

Books for Kids logo - a program from Willamette Writers that delivers books to children

This Holiday season, the Clackamas Barnes & Noble will be hosting a Book Drive for Books For Kids. From November 1st-December 31st, customers at the Clackamas Barnes & Noble, located at 12000 SE 82nd Ave in Clackamas, may purchase books at the registers to give to Books For Kids.

Last year, Barnes & Noble donated nearly 1.5 million books to more than 650 local charities across the country. Books for Kids is excited to be one of those charities this year. The primary recipient for Books for Kids donations is local schools and under-served communities.


Kenny, the Head Cashier at Barnes & Noble Clackamas, helps a little penguin donate a book to a child in need.

According to Lenni Treat, the Community Business Development Manager at the Barnes & Noble in the Clackamas Town Center, “Every year Barnes & Noble puts books in the hands of children in need during our Holiday Book Drive. This year, the Clackamas Barnes & Noble is pleased to be able to artner with Willamette Writers organization, Books for Kids. Our employees are so excited knowing that the thousands of books we collect will be distributed to local children by an organization that promotes literacy, which is near and dear to our hearts.”

Willamette Writers’ President, Jenny Schrader, says: “Books for Kids is a fantastic program. It helps get books to kids, and gets them reading and thinking about words — which is what we are all about. We are thrilled that Barnes & Noble is helping us get books into kids’ hands this holiday season.”

Stop by the Barnes and Noble in Clackamas and give your own gift of reading this holiday season!

Donating to Books for Kids was highlighted in this year’s conference. This year, in addition to the generous donation of 20% of all profits given to Books For Kids and Young Willamette Writers, Barnes and Noble sold children’s books that could be donated to the Books For Kids program.

And the program received 40 brand new books! Books ranged from the Big Bad Bubble picture book to a newer Splat the Cat level 1 book, and classic books such as The Phantom Tollbooth.

Many thanks to everyone who purchased a book at the conference! Every book will find its way into the life of a child! Donate to Books for Kids.

Yours in writing,  Patti