When we imagine people without books, we think of villagers in places like Afghanistan. But sixty percent of low-income families in the United States have no children’s books at home.

We are having our annual Palm Sunday Book Drive for Spring Branch Elementary School students to help our neighbors. New or gently used books for grades K-5 will be given to all of the children in May.

Do you want to make an even greater impact?  NEW for 2023, join Chapelwood and MMS’s 7th grade student, Charlotte Grabiner, in helping to expand our giving reach beyond the K-5 classroom.  Literacy and language development from the simple act of being read a book begins in the tiniest among us… babies.  The most vulnerable?  Premature and sick newborns being cared for in our very own Houston Newborn Infant Care Units (NICUs).  Please consider donating new and gently used BOARD BOOKS for NICU parents to read to their hospitalized infants.  You can build the foundation for reading and language success in our community from the day one… one book at a time.

 If you would like to make a difference in a child’s life, consider donating a book (or books) during this Lenten season.  


 Board Books for Babies (both cover and pages are made of wipeable, stiff, thick cardboard)

Thank You God for Blessing Me
The Little Engine that Could
I Love You Through and Through
Besos for Baby
Big Red Barn
Count to Love
A Color of His Own
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
Goodnight Moon
Board Books in Spanish are also very much appreciated!

Here is a list of popular books and series by grade level:

Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Books focused on Sight Words
Step 1, 2 or 3 readers
“I Can Read!” Readers
Magic School Bus Series
Pete the Cat
Flat Stanley
Elephant & Piggy
Alphabet Books
Books by Eric Carle
Books by Dr. Seuss
Llama Llama Books

2nd and 3rd Grade

Henry and Mudge Series
Puppy Place Series
Magic Treehouse Series
Magic Tree House Nonfiction Research Guides
Rainbow Magic Fairies Series
Judy Moody & Stink Series
Junie B. Jones Series
Geronimo Stilton Series
National Geographic Kids
Books about sharks, dinosaurs, or animals
Chicken Squad Series
Nate the Great Series 

4th and 5th Grade

“I Survived” Series
Encyclopedia Brown Series
Big Nate Series
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
Harry Potter Series
Dear Dumb Diary Series
Who Was…? Series
Terrible Two Series
The One and Only Ivan
Percy Jackson Series
Jedi Academy Series
Baby-Sitters Club Graphix Series
Baby Mouse Series


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