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
- 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
Free Shipping code: litlab22
- 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.
- 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
1400 16th St NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036
Virginia2920 W Broad St,
Richmond, VA 23230
Maryland1500 Union Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21211
Kansas City, MO4049 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64111
Springfield, MA1 Federal Street,
Springfield, MA 01105
Milwaukee, WI234 West Galena Street,
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Central Office1400 16th St NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036
*Please send donations for our new regions (Atlanta, Cincinnati and Arizona) to our central office.