Changing the Narrative

Bringing diverse books to all young readers

About Us

Made for Me Books wants all young people to have a diverse collection of books at home.  Books that:
  • reflect themselves and encourage reading
  • celebrate many cultures and illuminate untold histories
  • are theirs for the keeping - and reading over and over again!
Made for Me Books partners with with local Harlem-based groups (community programs, resident associations, shelters) to distribute books to students.

We will be accepting used and new book donations, in person, on Sunday, Nov. 22. from 12:00pm to 2:30pm, outside the JCC Harlem.  We seek books that meet our diversity criteria - highlighting different race/ethnicities, genders, family structures and abilities.

Made for Me Books was founded in June 2020 in Harlem, New York.
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$ 51

Donation Amount


What books will you accept?

We accept books that are:
-diverse in characters, stories, or authors/illustrators (ethnicity, ability, gender/sexuality)
-for grades K through 12th
- new or very gently used.

We ask you, PLEASE, do not give us books that are not in good condition. We are a small operation with limited space for storing books.  

Thank you for considering a a book or monetary donation!

How are you maintaining safety with book donations?

During the pandemic, we are storing books for 24 hours and wiping down the front and back covers. When collecting and distributing books, we always wear masks and maintain social distancing.

Who will the books go to?

Based in Harlem, Made for Me Books partners with local groups to distribute books.  If you know of a program or school/class that would benefit from receiving books,  EMAIL US so we can partner!

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  • 110th and Adam Clayton Powell, Harlem, New York, NY


Made for Me Books has been generously supported by:

Book Donors
  J Vanburen-Green
  Jessica Svenson  Olatunde Johnson
  Carlotta Ramos
  Stephanie Pilla  Mahalia Watson
  Madeline Holder
  Naisha Quiles  Ilia M. Castro
  Sitella Smith  Ewelina Sagan-Rivero
  Sarita Singh
  Taft Resident Assoc.
  Laurie Brown Kindred
  Joseph Negron
  Ann Kane  Chika Cawley  Elana Ben-Ari