Give the Gift of Reading! Grow A Reader virtual book drive

Give the Gift of Reading!  Grow A Reader virtual book drive

Three out of every five children in low-income communities

don’t have a single children’s book to call their own


PHOENIX (April 30, 2019) – Numerous local businesses are partnering with Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit for early childhood development, to help “grow a reader” throughout the month of May by participating in the nonprofit’s Grow A Reader virtual book drive. Donations can also be made directly online at and thanks to a generous partnership with our friends at Humana, they’re going to match a book for every book you donate through our online cart. That means your 2 books become 4, 5 books become 10, or 10 books become 20!


For families who struggle to make ends meet, purchasing new, high-quality children’s books simply do not compete with priorities like providing food, clothing, and shelter. In low-income communities, three out of every five children don’t have a single children’s book to call their own.


“Children without access to early literacy materials often face challenges as they enter school,” says Jake Adams, chief development officer for Southwest Human Development. “Our partners’ support of our early literacy efforts through this annual drive better prepares thousands of children for success when they enter kindergarten.”


Donating to the Grow A Reader virtual book drive is simple. People can visit a participating Grow A Reader business location, “pick a flower” and purchase books online at to help get children’s books into the hands of kids who need them most. Books start at only $3.99 and are also eligible for a dollar-for-dollar Arizona Charitable Tax Credit of up to $800.

Or, donate online! It is so easy! 


This year’s participating Grow A Reader partners include Camelback Toyota, Century 21, Climatec, Cousins Property Management, FEZ, Garcia’s, Homesite Insurance, Humana, Joe’s Diner, MOD Pizza, Picazzo’s, Robson Resort Communities, Short Leash Hotdogs + Rollover Doughnuts, Shutterfly and Spinato’s.


Donated books are distributed to families in need who participate in Southwest Human Development’s early literacy programs like Raising A Readera program that focuses on strengthening family literacy routines and community literacy connections, and Reach Out and Read, a national, evidence-based program that promotes early literacy in pediatric offices.


To learn more about Grow A Reader or donate books, please visit


About Southwest Human Development

Southwest Human Development is Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. Recognizing a child’s earliest experiences and relationships establish the foundation for all future development, Southwest Human Development’s more than 40 comprehensive programs focus on young children—ages birth to 5—and their families in the areas of child development, mental health, Easterseals disabilities services, Head Start, early literacy, family support and child welfare, and professional development and training. Founded in 1981, Southwest Human Development serves 135,000 children and families each year. Learn more at



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