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Grow A Reader virtual book drive with Southwest Human Development

Date(s) – 05/21/2020 – 05/22/2020
All Day



Nearly 2 out of 3 children in low-income communities don’t have a single children’s book to call their own.


Normally this popular and successful fundraiser to bring more books to kids in need has been a great win for both restaurants in the community and Southwest Human Development’s family programs.

Unfortunately this year we are not able to be inside restaurants, so we are going completely virtual!

In fact, our last virtual event, Walk With Me benefiting Southwest Human Development’s Easterseals services for children with disabilities exceeded their fundraising goal…


When you purchase books for donation from our online shopping cart, you’re helping to get books into the hands of children who need them the most.


By participating in Southwest Human Development’s Grow A Reader virtual book drive, you’re planting the seed to help a child develop a lifelong love for reading. You are more than an early literacy advocate, you are a life changer.


Each May, dozens of Valley restaurants and other businesses partner with Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit for early childhood development, to help “Grow A Reader” by participating in the nonprofit’s annual virtual book drive. Donations are made online


“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,” says Jake Adams, chief development officer at Southwest Human Development. “In low-income communities, studies show three out of every five children don’t have a single children’s book to call their own.”


Donating to the Grow A Reader virtual book drive is simple. Visit a participating Grow A Reader partner location, “pick a flower” and donate children’s books online Southwest Human Development then distributes the books through its early literacy programs. Books start at only $3.99 and the online donation is also eligible for a dollar-for-dollar Arizona Charitable Tax Credit of up to $800.


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


To learn more about Grow A Reader, find a participating location or donate books, visit If you know a business interested in partnering, contact David Reno


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 140,000 children and families each year. Learn more