Can I mail my donation to Chapters Beyond Books?
Yes, please print out this form and send your mailed check to:
Children’s Defense Fund
Attn: Crystal Rucker
840 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Once the check has been placed in the mail, please notify Crystal Rucker at email@example.com for next steps.
What is the deadline to make a donation to this initiative?
Chapters Beyond Books is an ongoing emergency response effort to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 learning loss. The initiative will conclude once the goal has been met to distribute nearly 50,000 culturally relevant books across the country to children and youth in grades K-12.
How long will it take for the shipment of books to arrive?
Once the minimum donation of $1,000 has been received, book shipment orders are processed weekly. Books typically arrive within 2-3 weeks from the date of processing.
Can we ship books to a P.O. Box?
No. The books are shipped via a courier service, so a physical shipping address is required.
Can the books be shipped internationally?
No. We cannot directly ship books internationally since our book distributor only has U.S. publishing rights to the inventory of books.
Can we choose our own books from the inventory?
No. A member of the CDF Freedom Schools® team selects the book titles from the inventory and coordinates the orders directly with the warehouse.
What are some examples of book titles?
There are over 100 book titles for children and youth in grades K-12 ranging from books like Tiara’s Hat Parade by Kelly Starling Lyons, Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts to Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden.
Can I donate and have the recipients of the books determined for me?
Yes. We have a list of schools, nonprofit organizations, and community groups from across the country who have expressed an interest in receiving a shipment of books if there is an opportunity for them to receive them.
What is the purpose of the postcards? Do I have to include them with the books at the time of distribution?
The postcards provide children, youth and their families with access to the CDF Freedom Schools At Home Network. In addition to books, the CDF Freedom Schools team has developed literacy resources and organized monthly Family Book Club nights featuring special guest readers. The postcards should be distributed with the books so the recipients have more information on how to access the additional literacy resources provided to them.
What are the dates for the monthly Family Book Club nights, and how can I join?
Due to an overwhelming positive response, we recently announced that we are extending the monthly Family Book Club nights through the fall of 2021. Visit the Children’s Defense Fund’s Facebook Live page to join in monthly with your family and others. Check back on this site for a full list of summer and fall 2021 dates. To get a glimpse of the excitement, click here to watch a past monthly Family Club night featuring special guest reader, Ms. Beverly Smith, president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Are the donations tax-deductible?
Yes. All gifts made to the Children’s Defense Fund through the Chapters Beyond Books initiative are 100% tax-deductible.
Do we have to pay for shipping?
The Children’s Defense Fund covers the cost of shipping for books and postcards that are shipped within the U.S.
How do I donate?
If you are ready to make a minimum donation of $1,000 to receive your shipment of books, select the “Ship Now” option above and provide the information requested. If you are joining with others to reach a goal, please choose the “Donate Now” option above.
For those making a donation to help reach a collective goal, we ask that at least one point of contact serve as a liaison between the Chapters Beyond Books staff contact and your organization or group in order to facilitate next steps once the minimum donation goal has been reached.
What are culturally relevant books?
Culturally relevant books facilitate culturally responsive teaching through literature that is representative of diverse cultures. Children identify with cultural traditions portrayed in the books and with the characters’ identities and personalities. Culturally relevant books deepen a child’s understanding of themselves and all they have in common with others in a multiracial, multicultural democratic society. Children have a greater interest in reading books that are representative of their realities.
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