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Children's Winter Book Drive: About


Weddle Elementary School 

Weddle Elementary is a kindergarten through fifth-grade school in south Keizer (straddles the Salem-Keizer border), and has an enrollment of roughly 450 students. 


The Hatfield Library, Long Law Library, and Willamette Store collaborates with the Salem-Keizer School District to identify one local public school each year to be the beneficiary from a list of nominated schools. 

The annual Children's Winter Book Drive (formerly known as the Tree of Giving) has traditionally taken place during one of the busiest times of the year: at the end of the fall semester and school year for public school and between holidays. We hope that spreading this book drive over several weeks will help increase involvement and reduce holiday stress. 

New and used books in good condition are welcome. New books from the suggested list are highly desired as they fill specific needs of a school. Pre-owned books are typically integrated in school book exchange programs, absorbed into classroom libraries, used as prizes, or given away to children. 

We ask the Willamette community to help support the literacy needs of this school by donating books for this worthwhile cause. 


Please drop off all items at one of the following locations between Nov 15th and Jan 14th

- Mark O. Hatfield Library
- J. W. Long Law Library
- Willamette Store

Monetary Donations

Salem-Keizer School District has setup a direct donate site for Weddle Elementary School for the book drive. Select Weddle Elementary for the School and fill out the rest of the form.


K-5 Reading Level

- Spanish language nursery rhymes and folktales
Dog Man
Captain Underpants
Dork Diaries
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Books by Mo Willems (Piggy & Gerald, Pigeon, etc.)
- Books related to video games (Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite, etc.
- Books about music and musicians
- Non-fiction books about technology & coding
- Non-fiction books about video creation (YouTube, Tiktok)
Graphic Novels and Manga
Pumpkin Heads by Wendell Minor

- Cat Dog by Mem Fox
- Forever this Summer by Leslie Youngblood
- Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School by Emily Jenkins
- Robo-Motion: Robots that move like animals by Linda Zajac
- Be Strong by Pat Zietlow Miller
- Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites by Jamie Michalak
- The Rice in the Pot Goes Round and Round by Wendy
   Wan-Long Shang

- Laia's Words by Gracie Zhang
- Erik vs. Everything by Christina Uss
- The Shark Book by Steve Jenkins
- Best Day Ever by Marilyn Singer
- I is for Immigrants by Salina Alko
- Time Villains by Victor Pineiro
- Miles Morales: Shock Waves by Justin A. Reynolds
- Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz
- STEAM Books (Science, Tech, Engineering, Architecture, Math)

Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Titles

- Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
The Bookwanderers by Anna James
The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raul the Third
Sarah Journeys West by Nikki Shannon Smith
Save me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadaraian
Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
- Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Stay by Bobbie Pyron
The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle

Best Multicultural Books

The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature puts together an annual list of multicultural books. This is the list for 2020 list for multicultural books for 2020

30% OFF children's books at the Willamette Store for items donated to the Children's Winter Book Drive.

For more information about the Children's Winter Book Drive, please contact: 
John Repplinger, 503.370.6525. Mark O. Hatfield Library