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Books for Backpacks Campaign ~ June 5th to July 29th

Providing books for K-5th grade students.

For twenty-two years Family Giving Tree has been committed to sparking a love of learning in underserved children with the educational tools provided through our annual Back-to-School Drive.  What better way to further develop this love than through age-appropriate, great books!

For the months of June and July, in partnership with Books Inc. we'll be striving to include a book in every K-5th grade backpack donated.  For a list of suggested titles click here. You are not limited to purchasing only the books on the list, but it's a great place to start. The Books Inc. staff is very helpful if you'd like other ideas.

Why do so many children struggle to learn in elementary school? For many, the answer is straightforward — no books are available in their homes, and they have limited access to any books at all. This is especially true in low-income areas. One study found that in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books to children was 13 to 1. Contrast this with low-income neighborhoods, where the ratio was 1 to 300 (Neuman, Susan B., et al, 2001). 1 book for every 300 children. A shocking statistic.  But there is hope.  Between libraries and book donation programs, in-need students can get access to great books.

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Three ways to help a child develop a love of reading
(and learning):

Visit one of the four participating Books Inc. locations, purchase a book and drop it in the collection box.  

We hope you can bring your children along to help select just the right book for a deserving child.  Please check the Books Inc. website for location specifics.

  • Books Inc. Santa Clara - 2712 Augustine Dr #120, Santa Clara
  • Books Inc. Palo Alto  - 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto
  • Books Inc. Alameda  -1344 Park St, Alameda
  • Books Inc. Opera Plaza - 601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco

Purchase a book online

It's fast and easy!  Make a selection online.  NOTE: You will be asked to enter a Shipping Address - please use:  Family Giving Tree, 606 Valley Way, Milpitas, CA 95035.  For every purchase made, a percentage will be donated to Family Giving Tree to help grant children's wishes for joy and learning through our Back-to-School Drive and Holiday Wish Drive.  

Purchase books in bulk

If you'd like to purchase 25 books or more, contact to receive a significant discount and ordering instructions.

For further information about the relationship between reading and a child's ability to learn and succeed in school, please click here.