Pledge to #GiveBooks and We’ll Donate a Book to a Child in Need

For the fourth year in a row, Chronicle Books will donate a book to the non-profit First Book for every pledge made to give books this holiday season. Last year we gave 10,000 books, and this year we will be tripling our donation to 30,000! These books go to schools big and small all over the country.

So how do you pledge? Visit or use the hashtag #GiveBooks on your favorite social network. We will be keeping track as time goes by, so you can watch the bookshelf be colored in as we get closer to our goal. This year’s campaign illustrations come courtesy of Steve McDonald, the creator of our Fantastic Cities coloring book. Shoutout to previous campaign illustrators Lisa Congdon, Gemma Correll, and Julia Rothman. We couldn’t do it without you!

pledge to give books

You can also download a drawing of a packed-to-the-gills-with-wonder independent bookstore to color. Posts of your creations also count as pledges, so even if you haven’t been on board with this whole coloring book thing, it could be fun to spend some time with all those spines. It’s also a chance to make that organized-by-color bookshelf you always wanted.

#GiveBooks Coloring Sheet

We’re so proud to be able to grow this program year after year and continue to invest in the readers of tomorrow. If you’re reading this, it’s because someone long ago once gave you a book—now is a great time to think about giving that tremendous gift to someone else.

Kathryn Jaller

Kathryn Jaller

Previous Associate Director of online strategy at Chronicle Books and art/craft/cat lady. You can follow her at @kholler.
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1 Comment

  • Brenna November 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    is there a way to get “share” buttons for book sites like Goodreads, Booklikes, or

    This is a great way to pay it forward not only for those kids receiving the books, but I’ve noticed adult avid readers and those that belong to book clubs tend to give more books. At least being able to share the information on these sites would promote such a great program.


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