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Read for the Record–Final Report!

  A few weeks ago, we reported that history would be made on October 27, 2016 and Book Harvest would be part of it. We are happy to report that over 2.35 million people read this year’s Read for the Record selection, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, as part of the world’s largest shared reading experience–and 747 of… Read more »

The Hole Story

The Hole Story is a children’s book written and illustrated by renowned author and co-chair of our Authors’ Circle,  Daniel Wallace . In a spirit of incredible generosity, Daniel gifted the book to us; and  Written Word Media , a startup company in the entrepreneurial heart of Durham, helped transform Daniel’s manuscript into a beautiful, hardback book that can be held,… Read more »

‘Tis the Season…for the Barnes and Noble Holiday Book Drive!

Beginning today and running through the end of the year, our friends at Barnes and Noble New Hope Commons are again hosting a holiday book drive to benefit Book Harvest! Stop by anytime to select and purchase books to donate to us–Barnes and Noble makes it easy! Check out the books on the in-store displays, or choose any children’s book you’d… Read more »

Book Harvest celebrates Jumpstart’s annual Read for the Record Day

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager This article originally ran in the Durham Herald-Sun . This Thursday, October 27, history will be made as children and adults across our country join forces for the world’s largest shared reading experience – and Durham will be a part of this momentous day. Local nonprofit Book Harvest will send dozens of… Read more »

We Knew Them When…(Glimpses Behind the Scenes!)

Meet Jack and Abigail, future movie stars, who will one day be able to say they got their start working on “The Journey of Book Harvest’s 500,000th Book” ! Jack is a third grader and Abigail is a first grader, and both were such eager (and fantastic) actors for our video! They’re both book lovers and were eager to help us spread the… Read more »

New Faces on Our Intern Team!

This semester, we have the privilege of hosting two students as part of their internship and service-learning work with other organizations. Meet Sarah Neff and Alyssa Teague! My name is Sarah, and I am so excited to be spending time at Book Harvest this year! I am a second year student at Duke Divinity School and UNC… Read more »

Collaborative Effort from United Way Helps Serve Triangle Families

This  article was originally posted on WRAL.com . RALEIGH, N.C. — The United Way is taking a new approach in their mission of strengthening Triangle families in need. Every book is a child’s gateway for imagination and an opportunity for newfound confidence in learning to read. “Unfortunately, two thirds of kids who grow up in low… Read more »

Students Sharing Stories with Seniors

By Benay Hicks, Resource Development Director, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham Editor’s note: The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham is one of our newest Community Book Bank partners. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham and The Forest at Duke recently partnered to bring together two generations through reading. Having selected their favorite books donated by Book Harvest , fourth and fifth grade children read aloud to The… Read more »

“That’s an interesting story…”

By Daniele Berman, Operations Manager Todd Bol doesn’t necessarily fit the mold, if there is one, for the founder and leader of what he calls a “global grassroots” movement. In fact, his answer to many of the questions people ask him begins with a casual midwestern, “Well, that’s an interesting story.” On his two-week journey from Alabama to Washington,… Read more »

Hope and a Wooden Crate: A Slave’s Journey to Freedom

By Ginger Young, Executive Director This article will run in the “We Are Durham” section of the Durham Herald-Sun on Sunday, September 18. Henry Brown had had enough of being enslaved. Born into slavery in Virginia in 1816, Brown had worked in a tobacco factory since he was 15. By the time he was 33, he had… Read more »