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Ara Song

Christmas Every Day

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Each Christmas as I gazed at the brightly-wrapped rectangular packages under our tree, I wondered, “Which one is my new book?”  I knew that gift promised a virtual journey into an unknown world, maybe a fantastical world, where I would meet new people and learn new things. This enjoyable reading experience would spawn new thoughts and ideas to percolate in my brain. I still have many of those gifts on my bookshelves nearly forty years later. The ideas and impressions I gathered have influenced the person I am today and the choices I have made throughout my life. 

How about you? What books were YOU given as a child that impacted you?

At Book Drive for Kids, we offer this experience at each and every free book fair. Excited children peruse the heavily laden tables and wonder, “Which one will be MY new book?”  They judge the book covers to decide which adventure will be the most exciting. They read the back covers for clues to trigger their interest. They look for familiar characters and titles. Finally, they select their new book – their new quest. 

For many of these children, this will be the FIRST book they have received as a gift. For others, it will be one of a handful of children’s books that they can read over and over because it now belongs to them. Forever.

It’s a joy to watch! It’s like Christmas, every day.

With your gift of $3 we can place a NEW book in the hands of a child who may never have received a book as a gift. Just $3 per child.

Right up the street in Denton and Lewisville, there are 5,000 children who are economically disadvantaged and between 30-50% of those children have not yet mastered English. They desperately need books in their homes to boost their academic progress but also to give hope, adventure, and a little magic. These books will take them places they can only dream of going and let them “do” things that foster hope and joy.

Help us reach our goal of raising the remaining $10,000 we need to reach all of these children in Denton county. Donate today.    

Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice Series

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Author: Dave Wolverston
Genre: Science Fiction
4th grade and up

“This series tells how Obi Won Kenobi learns to become a Jedi knight. He struggles with anger during his Jedi training. He wants to become a Jedi but struggles and fails often. This series follows the movies but explains more deeply the Jedi Training and adventures. I really like this series!”
– Joseph, age 12 –

Maniac Magee

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Author: Jonathon Spinelli
Genre: Realistic Fiction
5th grade and up

“Maniac Magee is about a boy who is suddenly orphaned and his life turns upside down. He decides to run and try to survive on the open streets. He earned the name “maniac” by attempting crazy stunts. Even though he faced his own struggles, he always took the opportunity to help others, regardless of their race or what part of town they lived in. I recommend this book.”
– Stephen, age 12 –

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

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Author: Jonathon Auxier
Genre: Fantasy
4th grade and up

“Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is a story of an orphan boy trying to find a new life. Through the many twists and turns, Peter Nimble finds himself lost in a desert fighting to save his country. Peter turns out to be an unlikely hero who conquers his fear with an unquenchable appetite for adventure. I heartily recommend this book.”
– Joseph, age 12 –