I am the Main Character Book Drive


In children’s literature, you are more likely to read a book featuring an animal or inanimate object as the main character than a person of color. At The Literacy Lab, we want our children to see in themselves – and their peers of all races – all the possibilities and empowering messages the main characters portray. When you become a donor to the I am the Main Character Book Drive, you will help us get more books featuring people of color in the hands of the students we serve, their schools, and their communities.

How to make a donation


  1. Visit one of the online shops we have partnered with, or other book stores to purchase books and send them directly to our regional offices. When you shop at our partner book stores, you will receive free shipping when you use the codes below at checkout. Scroll down for the mailing addresses to our regional offices.
    Book Store Partners

    The Literacy Shop
    Free Shipping code: Literacy
    Legacy Bookbar
    Free Shipping code: litlab22
  2. Donate “pre-loved” books in good condition for children in pre-K-3rd grade written by people of color and/or featuring characters of color. All donations should be sent to one of our regional offices.
  3. Become a donor to The Literacy Lab to not only support this book drive but the organization’s work to support early literacy. 


Check out our book wishlist curated by our Coaches

  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  • I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison
  • Amara’s Farm by JaNay Brown-Wood
  • Quinito’s Neighborhood by Ina Cumpiano
  • Jayden’s Impossible Garden by Mélina Mangal
  • Grandfather and I by Hellen E Buckley
  • Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  • Lon Po Po by Ed Young
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad



Choose a location to send your donation

Metro D.C.

1400 16th St NW,
Suite 410
Washington, D.C. 20036


2920 W Broad St,
Suite 34
Richmond, VA 23230


1500 Union Avenue,
Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21211

Kansas City, MO

4049 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Suite 206
Kansas City, MO 64111

Springfield, MA

1 Federal Street,
Building 101
Springfield, MA 01105

Milwaukee, WI

234 West Galena Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Central Office

1400 16th St NW,
Suite 410
Washington, D.C. 20036

*Please send donations for our new regions (Atlanta, Cincinnati and Arizona) to our central office.