As of May 23, 2019, we have collected a total of 2,500+ diverse books that have been generously donated from our friends, family and the general public. Book donations have been received from people within the United States, Ireland and United Kingdom. WE DID IT! We collected books for all 50 different U.S. states!
In November 2018, Hachette Book Group committed to donating a whopping 800 books to help support our project. 800 books = 16 states! We were so thrilled to share the amazing book titles they sent us with thousands of other children across America!
We have collected $1,090 in monetary donations of our $1,500 goal from our Go Fund Me page. We also received a $150 grant from Kindness Grows Here for our project. Our overall goal is $1,500 to help pay for the cost of shipping books 50 at a time to each state. On average, shipping costs (including postage (media rate), packing tape and boxes) averages about $20-$35 per state (depending on how far the books are being shipped). Any additional money collected was used to purchase new or gently used books in the event we had having trouble reaching our goal for any given state.
U.S. States Progress (States 1-10)
U.S. States Progress (States 11-20)
U.S. States Progress (States 21-30)
U.S. States Progress (States 31-40)
U.S. States Progress (States 41-50)
The 50 Books Challenge!
We are thrilled to introduce our 2019 summer initiative in partnership with The Pizza Hut The BookIt! Program, "The 50 Books Challenge"! The Pizza Hut BookIT! Program will provide us with 100 $20 Pizza Hut gift cards to distribute to book-loving children across the U.S.
Here's how it works: The first 100 kids who complete "The 50 Books Challenge" will receive a $20 gift card to Pizza Hut. For their efforts, they’ll be able to treat their family to a pizza party.
What is The 50 Books Challenge?
The goal of "The 50 Books Challenge" is for children ages birth - 17 to collect 50 books (of any kind - gently used or new) and donate them to an organization or individual they choose. The first 100 kids who collect and donate their 50 books AND e-mail their photo anytime between the dates of June 7, 2019 - August 9th, 2019 will receive a $20 Pizza Hut gift card. The photo should show the child donating their collected books to a place of their choice. All participants must reside in the U.S. and will be required to submit a photo via e-mail in order to be eligible to receive the gift card.
Children who reside in the same household are allowed to participate. We only ask that all participants be between ages birth - 17 and be based in the U.S. in order to be eligible for the gift card. And since we're relying on the honor system, we're trusting each participant to actually collect AND donate all 50 books they receive. Only ONE entry per child will be allowed.
So, are your little readers up for The 50 Books Challenge? If so, get your book donation boxes ready and start collecting your 50 books! Remember, they can be children's or adult books. Once you have your 50 books, find a place to donate them to, snap a pic, and e-mail us your photo as proof and wait for your $20 Pizza Hut gift card to arrive via e-mail. Easy, peasy.
Please submit all photos to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please enter: The 50 Books Challenge. That's it! We can’t wait to see who our 100 winners are!