We are moving towards accepting gently used book donations at this time in a very limited fashion, by appointment only. We still need your support to get free books into the hands of children. To learn more about book donation, go to the bottom of this page.
To support summer program efforts, Books Are Wings has created the Book Bag Project.
The Book Donation Fund has been created so Books Are Wings can purchase NEW books. With camps and community gathering places closed during this time, Book Are Wings is still working hard to support families with books and remote learning resources.
Executive Director Jocelynn White conceived of the Book Bags as a way to stay connected with students and their families while the organization's regular programming is suspended.
Books Are Wings works with students around the state of Rhode Island, with a focus on communities where children often do not have their own books at home. BAW aims to close the literacy gap by providing students free age appropriate books that they select themselves. While all students may be out of school in our state, Books Are Wings seeks to keep kids reading by providing families with reading materials when they need them most.
Everything will be packed and sealed for 72 hours before they get to our families and partners.
Book Donation Guidelines
We accept children’s books K-12 grade level including gently used and new books, but don’t accept books that are mildewed or damaged. We will work with you and your company or family to help you have a successful book drive or donation.
We are not able to accept the following types of books:
- Adult/high school books
- Textbooks/reference books
- Religious books
- Cookbooks or workbooks.
Please review the Book Donation Guidelines and Delivery Instructions below.
Children's Books Only: We accept baby books through middle school age books.
Condition is Important: New and gently used books ensure we can offer quality to our communities. Please no books with mildew, old library books or damaged books.
Content is Key: We value book choice, and often the book you are donating will be this child’s only book that s/he can call his own. Popular series like Captain Underpants, Harry Potter and Disney books are always appreciated.
Other Helpful Tips:
- Please pack the books in boxes since they are easier to transport than bags.
- Please count the books and let us know the number you are donating. We are also able to tally books at our donation center.