This Holiday, I Pledge to Give Books

A year ago we launched a holiday campaign to encourage folks to share the love of reading with their friends and family during the giving season. Give Books became our call to arms to support local bookstores and promote literacy, and some of our favorite authors, booksellers, and friends joined in. Even President Obama got the memo. It was a great success.

But this year we wanted to do more. We wanted to give more. We wanted to help the people who could use books the most: Kids in need. So we joined forces with First Book, a non-profit dedicated to putting books in the hands of children without access to resources like school libraries, or the means to buy books for their home. Our goal is to donate 10,000 children’s books to families in need this holiday season. And we need your help.

I pledge to Give Books

Take the pledge to Give Books this holiday. It’s simple, and free. For every #GiveBooks tweet, pin, and online signature we gather, Chronicle will donate a children’s book to First Book. We’ll donate every time someone purchases a children’s book from one of our three retail stores in San Francisco. If you want to contribute more, you can also make a donation to First Book on their website. But most important, buy a book this holiday—any book—and give it to someone you love.

Need some reading recommendations? We asked a group of Chronicle authors and illustrators, librarians, and bloggers to share ten books that they’ll be gifting this holiday. Throughout the month of November, you can find their picks online (links below), and enter for a chance to win each of their lists!

Lisa Congdon, illustrator of Tender Buttons
Kate Messner, author of Over and Under the Snow
Bakerella, author of Cake Pops
Dan Santat, illustrator of Carnivores
Ellen Luckett Baker, author of 1-2-3 Quilt
Tim Leong, author of Super Graphic
Kelly Beall, Design Crush
Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
John Schumacher, Watch. Connect. Read.
Dave Cuzner, Grain Edit

I’m so grateful to all of our Give Books partners this year, but I have to give an extra shout out to Gemma Correll, illustrator of Catmas Carols and Hanukcats, who designed this year’s Give Books logo. It’s the cat’s meow!

Guinevere de la Mare
Senior Community Manager

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare

Guinevere de la Mare is a writer, book lover, and the founder of Silent Book Club. She lives in San Francisco. She also was the senior community manager at Chronicle Books from 2009-2014.
Guinevere de la Mare

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