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 multiple cultures and illuminate untold histories
  • are theirs for the keeping - and reading over and over again!
Made for Me Books partners with local Harlem-based groups and organizations to distribute books to students.  The books we provide are a combination of new and used books.

We accept used and new book donations and always welcome cash donations, which help us purchase more new books.

Book donors:  We seek books that meet our criteria - which is to highlight a diversity of cultures, genders, family structures and abilities; especially those that are not traditionally shared.

Credit:  Photos in our Gallery were taken by Jasmina Tomic, courtesy House of SpeakEasy.

Made for Me Books is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, based in Harlem, New York.
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$ 51

Donation Amount


How are you maintaining safety with book donations?

During the pandemic, we are wiping down the front and back covers and storing books for at least 2 days. When collecting and distributing books, we always wear masks and maintain social distancing.

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!

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  House of Speakeasy       Foundation
  Carlotta Ramos
  Stephanie Pilla  Mahalia Watson
  Madeline Holder
  Naisha Quiles  Ilia M. Castro
  Sitella Smith  Ewelina Sagan-Rivero
  Sarita Singh
  Taft Resident Association
  Laurie Brown Kindred
  Joseph Negron
  Ann Kane  Chika Cawley  Elana Ben-Ari
  Shamika Shirer  Kesha Atterberry  Olatunde Johnson
  Transport Workers Union of    Greater NY - Local 100  Meredith Grossman