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. 

Our largest source of books come through wholesale book purchases or new book donations – because beautiful children deserve beautiful new books, not used or even gently-used ones.

Want to donate books? Let us know (and take a peek below for our requirements)

Donate without costing you any $. Just add Broken to Brave to your Smile.Amazon.com account – Each purchase you make kicks a small percentage back to our cause without costing you more. 

Or purchase one of our published items for sale – 100% of the proceeds go to Broken to Brave.
 


Our Process

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

We Accept:
Picture books
Chapter Books
Classics
Non-fiction
Educational
Poetry
(Auto)Biographies
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: 
Board books
Abridged classics
Sports books
How-To Manuals
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 crystal@brokenbrave.com.


No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty.
— C.S. Lewis

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):

Shakespeare
Thornton Burgess
Hans Christian Anderson
Maurice Sandek
A.A. Milne
C.S. Lewis
Mark Twain
Charles Dickens
Ronal Dahl
Beatrix Potter
E.B. White
Robert McCloskey
Shel Silverstein
Dr. Suess
Eric Carle
Margaret Wise Brown
Don Freeman
Beverly Cleary
Bill Peet
T.H. White
Mercer Meyer
Louisa May Alcott
Rudyard Kipling
Jules Verne
Frances Hodgson Burnett
JRR Tolkien
Daniel Defoe
Kenneth Grahame
Johanna Spyri
Jan & Stan Berenstain
Margery Williams
Astrid Lindgren
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Uri Shulevitz
Arnold Lobel
Paul Galdone
Jan Brett
Else Holmelund Minarik