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Children's book drive in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Looking for a great way to honor Dr. King this January? Why not purchase and donate a book that celebrates diversity and giving to others. Learn more below.

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For families, companies or individuals looking to promote diversity and inclusion in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21st, United Way's Schools of Hope and the Volunteer Center have worked hand-in-hand with Pooh's Corner to create a great opportunity!

A special children's book list has been compiled with books celebrating diversity and giving back to others and the books are all available at Pooh's Corner for purchase for the Schools of Hope reading program.  The collection will be held January 21 through February 1st.

The book list includes:

  • Ruby Bridges Goes to School -- $3.00 paperback
  • I Have a Dream by Kadir Nelson -- $15.00
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 -- $13.50
  • Bud, Not Buddy -- $13.50
  • Ramona Quimby, Age 8 -- $13.50
  • Whoever You Are -- $13.50
  • Enemy Pie -- $13.00
  • Chicken Sunday -- $14.50
  • Dora Goes to School -- $3.00 paperback, $18.00 hardcover
  • The Giving Tree -- $13.50
  • Kente Colors -- $14.00
  • Reading Makes You Feel Good-- $13.00
  • Lola Loves Stories -- $5.50, paperback
  • We're Different, We're the Same -- $3.00 paperback
  • Lola at the Library -- $5.50 paperback
  • Martin's Big Words by Rappaport -- $14.50
  • The Rainbow Fish -- $15.00
  • The Seven Silly Eaters -- $13.50
  • The Other Side -- $13.50
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawbery and the Big Hungry Bear -- 12.00
  • Thunder Cake -- $13.50
  • Colors of Me -- $13.50
  • All the Colors of the Earth -- 13.50

All books are available for purchase through Pooh's Corner, located at 1886 Breton Road Southeast Grand Rapids, MI. The prices above include any discounts for individual book purchases. Retail prices are approx. 20% higher. The retail price of the entire list is $353.00. However, If you purchase the entire set for donation to the Schools of Hope program, Pooh's Corner will offer the set for the discounted price of $260.00.

Individual books or sets of books can be purchased for donation at Pooh's Corner and left at the bookstore. If you have questions, contact the Volunteer Center at thevolunteercenter@hwmuw.org.

Whether you chose to purchase books as gifts for your own children or for donation to our Schools of Hope reading program, you will help spread Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's message of peace and equality throughout our community. Thank you!


Heart of West Michigan United Way leads and mobilizes the caring power of the community to help people measurably improve their lives. Staff and volunteers, donors and agencies, men and women, young and old come together at Heart of West Michigan United Way. We are all connected, and we all have a stake in making Kent County a healthy and prosperous community. When we work together, we create a better life for all. To advance the greater good, we focus on three key issues: a quality education, a stable income, and good health – the building blocks of a great life.

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