Batesville Book Drive

A couple of weeks ago, an electrical fire at the Bateville Elementary School in Batesville, MS destroyed the school building, and with it, all of the books in that school’s library and in the teacher’s classrooms. As you can imagine, this is devastating, not only for the teachers and faculty of that school, but for the children that will go without books. But YOU can help get books back into the hands of those kids. Independent bookstore, Lemuria Books, in Jackson, MS, is hosting a book drive for the school. I know most of you do not live in Mississippi, but if any of you have children’s books lying around your house that you no longer want, I would LOVE it if you could send them to me and I can bring them to the store. Also, like most schools, Batesville Elementary has a list of books that all of their teachers read to the children. If you’d rather just buy a copy (or two) of any of these books and have them shipped to me, that would be awesome! Lemuria is trying to get 1 copy of each of these books for all seventeen teachers at the school – meaning they need 17 copies of some of these books. This list is just a sample, so if you want to get something else, let me know and I can ask the store what they are looking for. Here’s the list (the titles that are bold are the ones they need the most copies of):

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Any Elephant and Piggie books
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Olivia by Ian Falconer
Go, Dog, Go by PD Eastman
Are You My Mother by PD Eastman
Any Dr. Seuss
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Any Pete the Cat by Kimberly & James Dean
Any Jan Brett Books
Any Lois Ehlert Books

Any Eric Carle
The Polar Express by Van Allsburg
3 Little Pigs
Any version of fairy tales written for children
Johnny Appleseed by Jodie Shepherd
From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer

David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor (and any and all fancy nancy books)
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Pinkalicious, Purplicious, Goldilicious, Silverlicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann (so basically all the licious books)
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
Kindergarten Rocks by Katie Davis
Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Kindergarten Here I Come by Steinberg & Chambers

If you are interested in helping, you can comment here or email me at caughtreadhanded (at) gmail (dot) com so I can provide you with my address. Or you can call Lemuria Books directly at (601) 366-7619. I hope you’ll help get books back to these kids!

More information about the book drive and why Lemuria Books is helping can be found HERE.