EC2C Diverse Book Drive

This year we are partnering with local nonprofit Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) on their Diverse Book Drive, intended to ensure that all Evanston children and youth have access to books this summer that excite them about reading and speak to who they are. While research shows that students read more often and better when books are relevant to their own life experience, children from lower income families are far less likely to have multiple books in their homes. From April 10 through June 5, Bookends & Beginnings will prominently feature a broad selection of culturally diverse children's books for ages Pre-K through Grade 7. We invite you to purchase these books for donation to the drive, either from our in-store display or from the lists below. Our goal is to provide 500 books by the time school lets out on June 5!

A chart provided by Evanston Cradle to Career showing summer learning loss for low-income students.


Click on one of the age groups below to see the list of available books!

Pre K Books

K-2nd Books

3rd-7th Books