Books for Kids
Books for Kids

Books for Kids

Welcome to the working site for Books for Kids!

Our goal: provide new, top-quality paperback books free of charge to families of children and teens who cannot afford them*. All money will be spent on printing the books. No one but the printer will make any profit.

Here is our tentative book list for Christmas 2017:


The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
My Brilliant Career - Miles Franklin
Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen/Karen Blixen
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

Tweens, ages 10-12

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain
Radar Commandos - Bernard Glemser
Freckles - Gene Stratton Porter
A Girl of the Limberlost - Gene Stratton Porter
Man-Eaters of Kumaon - Jim Corbett

Ages 9 or so

Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Stories - Jack London
The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Bambi - Felix Salten

Costs, calculations, participation

It costs USD/$2,000 to print 1,000 (soft cover/paperback, 250 page) books. This price varies somewhat with book length.

USD/$12,000 in contributions will fund 6,000 books total: that is, 1,000 copies of each of 6 titles.

A club that contributes USD/$1,200 will get 600 books - 100 copies of each of 6 titles.

Goal: 10 clubs contributing USD/$1,200 each. This will fund 6 of the above 18 titles.

Stretch Goal: 30 clubs contributing USD/$1,200 each. This would fund all of the above 18 titles.

Books to be printed in Michigan and Ontario. Shipping to be coordinated by clubs, members, and partners.

Web site:

*Eligibility criteria suited to your community. In Lake County the Department of Human Services specifies the process and criteria that caseworkers/social workers follow and use in referring and verifying each low-income family.