Read and Share Books

K, 1, 2

The purpose of this lesson is for students to plan and carry out a book drive to benefit children in their community who may not have access to many books at home.

PrintOne 30-Minute Class Period, Plus time to carry out service project

The learner will:

  • brainstorm ways to collect books for donation.
  • plan the steps of the service project.
  • contact partner organizations with the help of the teacher.
  • carry out the service project.
  • Boxes
  • Paper or poster board for posters
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Copy of Handout One: Project Plan (this may be projected on the board or recreated on chart paper)
  • Handout Two: Read 'n' Give Event Kit is for teacher reference
Teacher Preparation 

Identify a local organization where you can donate books. Talk to them in advance to find out what their needs are. This may be a local elementary school, a charity that works with families or children, or a children's hospital that needs books in the waiting room. Students may choose a project other than a book drive. Follow student voice to select a service project that fits their interests.

Home Connection 

Students work with their families to determine which gently used books they will donate. They may discuss which books make good choices for this project and why.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Review the discussion from the previous lesson (why reading is important for everyone, how they feel about children not having books, and what they decided to do about it).Tell the students that a service event is a project planned and carried out in order to share time, talent, or treasure with others to address a need. In their last lesson, they identified a need (children who don't have books at home to help them learn to read), and in this lesson they will plan a service project to address that need.

  2. Tell the students that they are going to work together to plan the details of a book drive that collects and distributes books to children in the community.

  3. Through brainstorming, work together to make the plan:

    • What the needs are, or what needs they hope to address through the project. (Talk to a local charity to find out needs or goals.)
    • How this need can be addressed (collect books, read with a group).
    • What action they will take – how they want to collect books, who should participate (just the class, the whole school, the community), where the donations will go, and what organizations or other schools they can partner with. (See Extensions below for details about community partnerships.)
    • How they will know they made a difference.
    • How they will celebrate the good that they have done!
  4. At the completion of the planning, students may make posters or signs to spread awareness about the event.

  5. Begin the book drive and carry out the plans according to the timeline they established.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark E.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
      2. Benchmark E.2 Research the need in the school, neighborhood, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark E.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities, and research.
    3. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark E.1 Provide a needed service.
      2. Benchmark E.2 Describe the goals of the project and their impact.
      3. Benchmark E.3 Describe the task and the student role.
      4. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.
      5. Benchmark E.6 Describe the procedures and the importance of sensitivity to the people with whom students are working.
    4. Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe a service plan.
    5. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark E.3 Identify outcomes from the service.