We help nourish their SOULS.
Many children in need are forgotten after their basic needs are met: food, shelter, clothing. They are often expected to move on and live happy, normal lives. But we can offer them hope and life beyond their physical discomfort.
Our largest source of books come through wholesale book purchases – because again, children deserve new books, not used or even gently-used titles.
Currently, we are a 100% volunteer-effort organization.
Each new book purchase or donation is received and sorted for a specific age group. We then gift-wrap five to ten books, insert a letter of encouragement as well as information from each child's local library. Our gift boxes are then taken to one of our pre-approved local partners who then delivers our books directly into children's hands.
In some cases, Broken to Brave gives book gift boxes directly to children at local events specifically held for foster children or families in poverty.
100% of private financial donations go directly to purchasing high-quality, inspirational books at wholesale prices, gift boxes and outreach activities.
Book Donation Requirements + EXAMPLES
Book Condition: Children receiving books deserve beautiful titles they can own with pride and love for a long time – not dirty, soiled, torn, marked or weathered books. Therefore, we accept new or like-new, quality books that fall into one of the categories listed below.
Book Titles/Authors: Non-Twaddle books (see explanation below).
Think beautiful classics (unabridged), inspirational, non-fiction, nature-guides, wholesome... If you're unfamiliar with "twaddle" it simply means nonsensical or dumbed down literature. We rarely accept abridged classics. For a great resource of accepted authors listed alphabetically please visit this site.
Books as a part of a Series (think Little House, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings...)
Awarded Books (Caldecott Medal, Newberry Medal, National Book Awards, Geisel Awards...)
National Geographic, Scholastic...etc.
Favorite Authors listed below
We don't Accept:
Coloring or Activity books
Twaddle Titles (Twaddle explained: Eye-candy that lures the child visually and offers nothing of value to the child mentally: or dumbed down literature – think Dora the Explorer, Nick Junior...)
If it looks or feels cheap, please pass it on to someone else.
Broken to Brave believes twaddle is any book that does not meet mentally-stimulating literature standards. More importantly, however, is to get books into children's hands. Therefore, if you're unsure of a specific title please don't hesitate to either email us or donate your book anyway.
If donated books do not meet our requirements they are gifted to a local library.
Have a donation? Please email email@example.com.
Broken to Brave does not discriminate against any child, regardless of religious, political or other affiliations.
Authors we purchase, request and donate most often (in no particular order):
Hans Christian Anderson
Margaret Wise Brown
Louisa May Alcott
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Jan & Stan Berenstain
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Else Holmelund Minarik