How Your Books Can Help


Recent studies show that in middle class neighborhoods have 13 books per child, while in low-income neighborhoods there is only one book for every 300 children.

Your donation of new or gently-used* books will make a difference in the lives of children who struggle with literacy throughout the inner-city Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Please consider a company book drive, neighborhood book drive, or group activity to sponsor a book drive. Download the Book drive 2017 toolkit and learn how to host a book drive for LDA Minnesota.  Or, use our Amazon Wishlist to find books that can be shipped directly to LDA’s office.

Each year LDA Minnesota distributes books to more than 500 low-income students whose families cannot afford these books on their own. Especially during the summer and winter break months, your books will help maintain a child’s reading level to ensure they do not fall further behind!

Help us reach our annual goal of 5,000 books and provide a needy child with the ability to reach his/her learning potential throughout the year.

Need Ideas?

Suggested Series

The 39 Clues
A-Z Mysteries
Among the Hidden
The Boxcar Children
Cam Jansen
Captain Underpants
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
A Dog’s Purpose
Dork Diaries
Geronimo Stilton
Flat Stanley
Harry Potter
Hello Reader! / Scholastic Readers
Henry and Mudge
Horrible Harry
I Can Read
Ivy + Bean
Judy Moody
Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House
Nate the Great
Owl Diaries
Percy Jackson
Pete the Cat
The Puppy Place
Step Into Reading
Timewarp Trio

Suggested Authors

Judy Blume
Kate Di Camillo
Beverly Cleary
Sharon Creech
Doreen Cronin
Christopher Paul Curtis
Jack Gantos
Carl Hiaasen
Brian Jaques
E.L. Konigsburg
Lois Lowry
Scott O’Dell
Louis Sachar
Nancy E. Shaw
Jerry Spinelli
Gary Soto
Gary Paulsen
Mary Pope Osborne
Mo Willems

What Next?

When you have completed a book drive you may request pick-up, or you may bring books to:

LDA Minnesota
6100 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55422

(view map/directions)

Don’t Have Books to Donate?

Your cash donation of $10 will provide one student with five books to call their very own. For more information, please contact Martha Moriarty at 952.582.6001 to ask about book collections.

* Gently used books still have their covers and pages intact and are clean and readable. Well-worn, dirty, torn, stickered, or incomplete books cannot be used by LDA Minnesota. We cannot use coloring, music or activity workbooks, or books of religious origin (including religious holidays).

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