Q: Do you accept book donations?

A: At this time, SMART doesn’t accept book donations. If you have used books to donate, we encourage you to donate them to other organizations in your community. Please feel free to call your local SMART office for suggestions for places to donate used books.

Thanks to longstanding relationships with leading publishers, SMART purchases new books to give away to students in our program at a considerable discount. Because it’s most cost-effective for SMART to purchase books, we encourage those interested in providing books to kids to consider making a financial donation instead. Just $40 helps SMART buy books for one child for a year. Click here to make a donation for books.

We also have a Partner Bookshelf with Powell’s Books that allows you to purchase books for our program from a list of specific titles we’re seeking. Books purchased through this link will be shipped to us and distributed to SMART programs. Click here to view our bookshelf.

Q: I’m a children’s book author/publisher. How can I get my book(s) in the program?

A: SMART currently works with a limited number of book publishing and distribution partners to ensure that our operations are cost-effective and efficient, while providing engaging and motivating books for kids in the program. To maximize our efficiency, we generally partner with vendors that can provide at least 20 titles in statewide demand for SMART’s nearly 300 sites at or below our average per-book cost, among other criteria. If your organization would like to be considered for a partnership with SMART, please contact us at SMART@getsmartoregon.org.

We do occasionally partner with authors or smaller publishers/distributors who wish to donate single titles or smaller quantities of books to SMART. These prospective donations are carefully screened by SMART staff. If you are an author or publisher who would like to have a book considered for donation, please send or deliver a single copy by mail to 101 SW Market St., Portland, OR 97201. Please note that we are unable to return books submitted for consideration.

Q: Do you have recommendations of good books that I can purchase for my family or friends?

A: Here’s a list of a few of our kid-tested and approved read-aloud favorites that will be sure to entice a young reader in your life:

  • Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
  • Cookie Fiasco by Mo Willems
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
  • Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
  • Paper Bag Princess (Revised) by Robert Munsch
  • Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean
  • Press Here by Herve Tullet
  • Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas  
  • They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
  • We Are Growing! by Mo Willems
  • Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
  • I’m New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Other questions? Please contact your local SMART office or call our toll free line at 877-598-4633.