Top Authors Join Forces To Help Refugees

What do the authors of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, The Princess Diaries, the mega-bestsellers Goosebumps (350 million+ sold) and The Baby-sitters Club (175 million+ sold), the Newbery medal-winning Dicey's Song and Out of The Dust, and the National Book Award-winning them have in common?

International Day of the Girl Child + Books

Today is the first ever International Day of the Girl Child (UN announcement). This year's theme, ending child marriage, is directly related to our refugee camp library project. As you may know, in the Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad, formal education ends at primary school. Because girls do not have an opportunity to attend secondary school in the camps, they are at a greater risk for very early marriage.

Announcing Our First Refugee Camp Library

Our most exciting news ever! Click here to read the details of the first refugee camp library funded by our charity anthology, What You Wish For. More than 19,000 Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad will gain access to books targeted to their interests and reading skills!

New Jersey Schools and Libraries Raise Funds for Refugee Camp Library

We are thrilled to announce on World Refugee Day that booklovers across New Jersey have pledged their support for Darfuri refugees' literacy, raising nearly $4,000 towards our work developing libraries in Darfuri refugee camps in Chad!

Pennsylvania School Librarians Recognize Darfur Anthology "What You Wish For"

More recognition for What You Wish For! Our Darfur charity anthology is included in the Best Story Collection category of the 2011 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top Ten or so Fiction Titles! Thank you, Pennsylvania, and congratulations to our fantastic authors!

What You Wish For is available now wherever books are sold, and one online bookseller, Better World Books, will even donate their profits to our refugee camp library project when you buy the book from them.

Darfur Book Nominated for Teen Award

What You Wish For, our collection of short stories and poems raising funds for Darfuri refugee camp libraries, has been nominated for the 2013 Isinglass Teen Read Award in New Hampshire! The award, given annually since 2001, is decided based on votes by grade 7 and 8 students in New Hampshire. Prior to voting, New Hampshire libraries encourage students to read the nominated books. How exciting to know that many more young readers will learn about the cause! And what a great way to recognize the wonderful writing of our generous contributing authors. Thank you, New Hampshire librarians and middle school students!

Full list of Isinglass nominees.
More information about the award.

What Book Should I Buy An Aspiring Writer?

What You Wish For is now the perfect holiday gift for aspiring writers ages 13+. Readers have a chance to get their own unpublished manuscripts critiqued by renowned literary agents and authors, in an essay contest we just announced at bookwish.org/contest. A 500-word essay about a short story in What You Wish For is all that separates six winners from getting feedback on their own writing from:

Poetry Book Orders Matched with Donations by Publisher

Avalon Press, a publisher in the UK, is supporting our campaign to build a refugee camp library for 20,000-30,000 Darfuris by donating for every order they receive for Larry Kuechlin's book of poetry, "Along a Ruined Sea." For orders made directly through their website through February 6, Avalon Press will donate two bricks to help build the library, one in the purchaser's name and a matching brick from themselves.

Donate a Brick to Build a Refugee Camp Library

For just $2 you can make a tangible and long-lasting difference in the lives of thousands of Darfuri refugees. For $2 you can fund one of the 5,000 bricks we need to build a library in a refugee camp in Chad. Whether you give one brick or one hundred, you will be making a real difference. Please visit our new library builder site to participate. You can leave a message for the public and donate in honor of your favorite author or a special book lover in your life.

Refugee English Program Continues to Grow

About 2,000 Darfuris are now enrolled in refugee-organized English classes in three refugee camps in eastern Chad, nearly double the number from a year ago. The classes have grown dramatically, from an initial 400, since we started supporting the refugees with Headway ESL textbooks from Oxford University Press. See video from the classes below and learn about our plans to expand this highly successful program.


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