Read On! Book Drive

Imagine for a moment, children without access to books in their home or a library within walking distance. Many children in surrounding communities are faced with this reality every day.

Join the University of Dayton Libraries as we work to reach our goal of collecting 1,000 new books by April 15, 2016. UD is one of many community partners collecting children's books for the Dayton organization Learn to Earn's annual Read On! book drive. Learn to Earn’s mission is to ensure that children in the our region are successful students and ultimately successful in the world of work. With your help the Read On! book drive will collect 25,000 books to reach 2,500 students this year. Learn to Earn will only accept new (not used) books. 

Donate new level 1 books/early readers (no chapter books, please, suggested books are listed below). Collection points include the Roesch Library Access Services desk in the first floor lobby, the Bombeck Family Learning Center and the Curriculum Materials Center located on the sixth floor of Fitz Hall.

YOU can help us achieve our collection goal of 8-10 books per student at an elementary school in Dayton, which will provide a new book for each week of summer break. 

For more information, please email the Libraries' Read On! committee contact, Kristina Klepacz at

Suggested Books
Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana by James Dean
Calvin Coconut: Man Trip by Graham Salisbury
My New Friend is So Fun! By Mo Willems
Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Fox in Socks by Dr.Seuss
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! By Mo Willems
Prince of Underwhere by Bruce Hale
Nikki and Deja by Karen English
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
National Geographic Kids: Sharks
You are (Not) Small by Anna Kang
Good Night, Good Knight Penguin Young Readers, Level 2
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Miami Jackson Gets it Straight, A Stepping Stone book
The Berenstain Bears Lemonade Stand by Mike Berenstain

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