Summer Service Success

By Connor Cain, student and volunteer I first learned about Book Harvest when the Triangle Family Shule held a book drive.  Somebody from Book Harvest talked with us about how some kids don’t have books to read.  On the way home from that session, my Mom and I talked about what we learned and it… Read more »

Launching the Mind

By Mimi O’Brien and Todd Taylor, The Durham Rotary Club Suddenly, it’s show time! The set-up is finished, the personal shoppers are in place, and a pop-up bookstore at Y.E. Smith Elementary School in Durham is ready for business.  With a theme of “Launch into Summer,” a group of Durham Rotary Club, community, and parent… Read more »

Interview: A Kid’s Perspective

By Griffin Maynard, Student & Volunteer What was your favorite children’s book? That’s a hard one. I really liked Iggy Peck Architect, because Iggy built all these crazy structures out of everyday things like pancakes, pencils, apples and diapers. When I was little, I used to love to build with useful junk and one day… Read more »

One Student. 8,000 Books.

By Toonie Goyal, Student & Book Drive Host My first experience with Book Harvest was on Martin Luther King Day in 2013. I wasn’t really planning to do anything with my day, but when my mom said she was going to a Book Harvest collection and asked if I wanted to come, I said yes…. Read more »

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 »