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Book Drive: Open Hearts, Open Books

Monday, January 14, 2019 (All day) to Friday, February 15, 2019 (All day)

Give back to your community!  Please donate your new or gently used children's books!

Huntsville City Schools envisions a future where every child has the reading skills they need to reach their full potential.  Through the 1st annual "Open Hearts, Open Books" book drive, parents and community members can help build high-quality K-2 libraries in every elementary school.

All HCS elementary schools will be collecting new and gently used children's books from January 14, 2019 to February 15, 2019.  The books that are collected will be equally redistributed throughout the school district to ensure all 26 schools will receive high-quality children's literature.  Collection boxes will be clearly labeled and placed in the front office of each elementary school.  Together, we can help ALL our kids succeed in school and in life -- simply by giving them books!

Need a few suggestions?  Here are just a few of our favorites:


  • Beginning Readers (books with 1-2 sentences per page and 2-4 letter words)
  • I Can Read! titles (especially the My First, level 1 and level 2 books)
  • All level children's books with multicultural subjects
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants chapter books


  • Dr. Seuss
  • Eric Carle
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Leo Lionni
  • Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Maurice Sendak
  • P.D. Eastman