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Fourth Annual TTN Philadelphia Children's Book Drive

October 4-15 2021


Given the impact of COVID-19 on city children’s education in the past 18 months, the need for book donations now is greater than ever.  Please help if you can!

As in 2018 and 2019 when more than 600 books were collected each year and in 2020 when 250 books and $1,000 + monetary donations were garnered, the drive will provide greatly needed books to Historic Fair Hill (HFH), a non-profit organization in North Philadelphia that promotes literacy in local schools.

The book drive complements other TTN initiatives which support Read by 4th, a citywide program dedicated to the goal of all children reading on grade level by the time they reach 4th grade.

At this time, HFH is focusing book collection on new and/or gently used books for children in preschool to eighth grade, particularly (but not only) those featuring characters who are people of color. Both fiction and nonfiction books are welcome. The books will go to local school libraries, specifically the Julia de Burgos, John F. Hartranft, William Cramp and Potter-Thomas Schools, where the children and the “Reading Buddies” tutoring program can access them.

HFH has prepared a “Wish List” of the books that will be most appreciated. Multiple copies of the books are needed. Books not on the list – again, new or gently used books for grades K-8 – also are very welcome. Anyone able to arrange a contribution of such books from her own town or neighborhood library is encouraged to do so. Scroll down this page to see the “Wish List” which is shown below.

How to Donate Books from the “Wish List” via Amazon

To order books directly from the “Wish List” via Amazon:

  1. Click on the book, series, author or award winner you would like to order.

  2. Click on “Open.”

  3. Click on the book you would like to order.

  4. Click on “Add to Cart.”

  5. Repeat the same as above to order additional books.

  6. Click on “Proceed to Checkout.”

  7. Sign into Amazon or create an account.

  8. Click on your shipping address.

  9. Click on “Add a New Address.

  10. Delete your name and enter Jean Hurd - TTN

  11. Fill in the blank for phone number with your own phone number.  

  12. Fill in the blanks for the address with the following: ​ ​                                                                                                       8109 Eastern Avenue; Wyndmoor, PA  19038

  13. Click on “Deliver to this address.”

  14. Click on “Place your order.”

Note: Please be sure to add “TTN” following Jean Hurd’s name so that a count of TTN donations may be accurate.

How to Donate Books in Other Ways

Books purchased from vendors other than Amazon and/or chosen from your own collection or other sources can be shipped, dropped off or picked up as needed.

Shipments should be sent to:

Jean Hurd – TTN
8109 Eastern Avenue
Wyndmoor, PA 19038

Drop-offs may be made to:

Pat Nelson
103B Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Books can be dropped through the mail slot or left outside the front door under the doorbell.

Debbie Earle

951 Woodcliffe Avenue
Media, PA 19063

Books can be left inside the front door, in the mailbox or on the front steps.

Advance notice of drop-offs should be sent (respectively) to or

Pick-up arrangements can be made by contacting Myrna Sherman at

How to Make a Monetary Donation

In addition to or instead of book donations, monetary donations to Historic Fair Hill are greatly appreciated. To make a monetary donation:

  1. Click HERE to access the Historic Fair Hill website.

  2. If using a cell phone, click on DONATE-TTN in the upper left-hand corner OR if using a laptop/computer, click on DONATE-TTN in the upper right-hand corner.

  3. Enter the dollar amount you would like to donate.

  4. Click on the dropdown menu and select “The Transition Network October Fund Drive.”

  5. Select the payment method and complete the transaction.

If you have any questions on monetary donations, contact Patty Kaiser at

Historic Fair Hill “Wish List”

ALL picture books are welcome – interests vary widely - but especially those that are easy to read and do not necessarily require adult assistance. Also, any Dr. Seuss (Green Eggs and Ham; One Fish, Two FishCat in the Hat; etc.)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown 

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles 

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James 

I Believe I Can by Grace Byers 

If Kids Ran the World by Diane and Leo Dillon 

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga 

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne

I Promise by Lebron James 

I Am Enough by Grace Byers 

Acceptance is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego 

Be the Difference by Jayneen Sanders 

Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olsen 

I Choose to Speak Up by Elizabeth Estrada 

Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor 

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales 

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow 

Be You! by Peter Reynolds 

Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow 

We All Belong by Nathalie and Alex Goss 

Are You Good From A to Z? by Tiffany Sandridge 

It’s OK to be Different by Sharon Purtill 

I Am Courage: A Book of Resilience by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds 


Nature Books to Support our School Garden Program

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables A to Z by Lois Ehlert 

Fresh Delicious: Poems From the Farmer’s Market by Irene Latham 

Kalamata's Orchard Adventure by Sarah Thomas 

Seeds Move by Robin Page 

Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt By Kate Messner 

Let’s Eat: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet By Kimberley Veness 

Mangoes & Monkeybread by Emily Joof 

One Little Lot: the 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden by Diane C. Mullen 

The Bear’s Garden by Marcie Colleen 


Chapter Books and Graphic Novels

Popular series (the most current book in each series in particular):

Popular Authors:

Award Winners:

Thank you for supporting Philadelphia school children’s early literacy!

Material from, 18:03:16 December 6, 2021.
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