The Power of Pictures

By Deborah Hirsch, Book Harvest Volunteer At my house, one of our favorite genres of books is wordless picture books.  Wordless picture books tell a story entirely in pictures, much like graphic novels, but without the speech bubbles.  One of the reasons my kids like them so much is that we can make up our… Read more »

Giving Dreams

By Tina CoyneSmith, Guest Blog Entry The second best gift I have ever received was a series of books—Trixie Belden mysteries to be exact.  My husband, a gift-giving genius, spent most of 2002 scouring second-hand bookstores and Ebay to collect for me the entire set of 39 books in the Golden Press paperback editions I… Read more »

A Life-Changing Gift

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager, Book Harvest When my oldest child was not yet three years old, he was whining in the backseat of the car, as toddlers are wont to do. I handed him a book, hoping it would distract him for the remainder of our errand. The exasperated response came from the backseat,… Read more »

Reaching Out

By Sara Skinner, Therapist, Carolina Outreach As a therapist who works primarily with Spanish-speaking families, I often struggle to find resources that are accessible for the families with whom I work. One of the primary recommendations I make to parents who want to form a closer bond to their children is to spend quality time… Read more »


By Catriona Moore, ESL Teacher, Forest View Elementary School “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.” I love the no-nonsense simplicity of this quote by the late, great Maya Angelou. It is a perfect way to describe what happens through Book Harvest when people who have books give them and others who need books… Read more »

Reading is Believing

By Hannah Marion, Intern, Summer 2014 Back in the day, when I was an eager little first grader, I picked countless picture books out of the black bins we had in our classroom. I remember yearning to be able to read those impressive chapter books, and trying determinedly to improve my reading abilities. Most of… Read more »

Thanks to a Fantastic Boss

By Alisa Burton, Intern, Summer 2014 My experience at Book Harvest has been wonderful! I learned about Book Harvest from my academic advisor at NCCU. He said he knew about a program where I could earn community service hours, help underprivileged children and be a part of a great organization. I applied for the internship,… Read more »

Frustration Becomes Realization: Getting a Little Girl Excited About Books

By Hannah Brennan, Intern, Summer 2013 A rush of children flowed into the library, tables stacked high with books in all shapes in colors. The kids were full of energy and practically bouncing off the walls as they grabbed their green backpacks and rushed towards the mountains of books. Some children immediately grab an armful… Read more »

The Memory of Books

By Joanne Vance, Development Committee How long does the memory of a good book last? Six months? A year? Three years? Five years? What book can you remember from your childhood? Was it one that you read yourself, maybe while on summer break, sitting in a chair on the back porch? Or as a teen… Read more »

A Teacher’s Perspective

By Kelly Gambridge, 5th Grade Teacher, Glenn Elementary School This was my first year experiencing The Book Harvest and the Books on Break program.  It is hard enough getting students to read, let alone finding them quality books on their reading level that they will enjoy.  Walking into our school library and seeing the hundreds… Read more »