GET INVOLVED

Host A Book Drive

Start A Local Program

See What Others Have Done

Suggested Book Lists


Host A Book Drive

Light One Little Candle is the perfect answer for your community service project. PTA's, Girl Scout Troops, school clubs and community organizations have all chosen Light One Little Candle as the recipient of their hard work and generosity. Hosting a Book Drive is relatively easy and has long-lasting impacts on families dealing with cancer. Simply set aside a week or two for a book drive at your chosen location, advertise the event, and watch your collection boxes fill with books! Afterwards, the new books you have collected will immediately be placed with a Light One Little Candle partner, and distributed to cancer patients receiving treatment, to share with their families. It is an immediate reward for your hard work!

If you'd like to organize a book drive, you can get started right here by reading our 4 Steps for a Successful Book Drive!

1. Plan
Find someone to be the main contact person for the Book Drive! Determine the time and location. Gather boxes and other necessary materials.

2. Host
Advertise - Get the word out through posters, putting up flyers and sending letters and e-mails. Download fliers and bookmarks here. Run the Book Drive! -- Set up your donation boxes and watch them fill up!

3. Sort, Box, and Ship
Sort the books as best as you can by age/grade level. While sorting, make sure all books are brand new. Count how many boxes and books you have and decide where you want the books to go. Then e-mail us with that information at info@lightonelittlecandle.org. That way we'll know what to expect and can track your donation accordingly.

Ship your boxes to any one of our partner facilities or to Light One Little Candle and we will make sure they get where they are most needed. Click here to find an address.

4. Celebrate!
Send us your pictures and comments from your great event and with your permission we'll post a notice on our Facebook page and our website to tell everyone about the success you had! PARTY! Reward yourself and everyone else who contributed to this great cause!

For more information on organizing/hosting a Light One Little Candle Book Drive or to volunteer for Light One Little Candle, please contact info@lightonelittlecandle.org.


Start A Local Program

It is easy to bring the Light One Little Candle program to a Cancer Center in your community. The first and most important step is to get in touch with the local facility and see if they have an interest. After that, Light One Little Candle will provide you with all of the information and support necessary to get started. Please contact us at info@lightonelittlecandle.org if you would like more information.


See What Others Have Done


Ali
Instead of gifts for her 8 birthday, Ali asked her friends to bring new children's books for her favorite charity instead of gifts. After a fun-filled day at the movies, Ali had received 36 books which she soon delivered (with the help of her mom and dad) to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Over the past 4 years, Ali has collected more than 130 books for Light One Little Candle.

HIM @ Hartford Hospital
Since the inception of Light One Little Candle at Hartford Hospital, the HIM Department has held yearly book drives in memory of our founder Joelle, a resident at the hospital at the time of her passing.


Suggested Book Lists

It is our hope to bring inspirational stories into the lives of families. Below are some lists of outstanding literature and picture books that would make excellent choices for reading aloud with someone you love.

Picture Books for Young Children

Picture Books for Older Children

Chapter Books for Younger Children (grades K-3)

Chapter Books (grades 3-8)

Poetry

Folk and Fairy Tale

 


Picture Books for Young Children

Amazing Grace ~ Mary Hoffman
Be Gentle ~ Virginia Miller
Bee Bim Bop ~ Linda Sue Park
Blueberries for Sal ~ Robert McCloskey
The Boy Who Loved Bananas ~ George Elliott
Chewy Louie ~ Howie Schneider
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ~ Bill Martin Jr
Cleversticks ~ Bernard Ashley
Corduroy ~ Don Freeman
Curious George ~ H.A. Rey
Diary of a Spider ~ Doreen Cronin
Diary of a Worm ~ Doreen Cronin
Each Peach Pear Plum ~ Janet and Allan Alhberg
Fancy Nancy ~ Jane O'Connor
Froggy Gets Dressed ~ Jonathan London
George and Martha ~ James Marshall
Goodnight Gorilla ~ Peggy Rathman
Goodnight Moon ~ Margaret Wise Brown
The Great Blue House ~ George Hallensleben
The Hello Goodbye Window ~ Norton Juster
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? ~ Jane Yolen
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight ~ Jane Yolen
I Can Do It ~ Karen Baicker
I Can Do It, Too ~ Karen Baicker
I lost My Tooth in Africa ~ Penda Diakite
I Love You Just the Way You Are ~ Virginia Miller
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie ~ Laura Numeroff
Jazzy Miz Mozetta ~ Brenda Roberts
The Kiss that Missed ~ David Melling
Lets go Home Little Bear ~ Martin Waddell
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse ~ Kevin Henkes
The Little House ~ Virginia Lee Burton
Little Quack ~ Lauren Thompson
Little Quacks New Friend ~ Lauren Thompson
Madeline ~ Ludwig Bemelmans
Make Way for Ducklings ~ Robert McCloskey
Mis Abuelos y Yo ~ Samuel Caraballo
The Mitten ~ Jan Brett
My Name is Yoon ~ Helen Recorvits
Nacho & Lolita ~ Pam Munoz Ryan
The Napping House ~ Audrey Wood
The Night of Las Posadas ~ Tomie dePaola
Over in the Meadow ~ Ezra Jack Keats
Owl Babies ~ Martin Waddell
Owl Moon ~ Jane Yolen
Pio Peep ~ Alma FlorAda
The Quilt ~ Ann Jonas
Sam Who Never Forgets ~ Eve Rice
Sammy and the Dinosaurs ~ Ian Whybrow
Si Llevas un Raton a la Escuela ~ Laura Numeroff
The Snowy Day ~ Ezra Jack Keats
Squ'ashed in the Middle ~ Elizabeth Winthrop
Strega Nona ~ Tomie DePaola
Te Amo Sol Te' Amo Luna ~ Karen Pandell
10 Little Rubber Ducks ~ Eric Carle
Ten Mice for Tet ~ Pegi Deitz Shea
Ten, Nine, Eight ~ Molly Bang
The Very Busy Spider ~ Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar ~ Eric Carle
The Very Quiet Cricket ~ Eric Carle
We're Goin' On A Bear Hunt ~ Michael Rosen
What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street ~ Elsa Okon Rael
The Wheels on the Race Car ~ Alex Zane
Where The Wild Things Are ~ Maurice Sendak
You Are My Miracle ~ Maryann Cusimano Love
You Be Good and I'll Be Night ~ Eve Merriam
You Can Do It, Sammy ~ Amy Hest

 


Picture Books for Older Children

Amos and Boris ~ William Steig
Basho and the River Stones ~ Tim Myers
Betty Doll ~ Patricia Polacco
The Blue Pearls ~ Elizabeth Stuart Warfel
Brave Irene ~ William Steig
Estrellita Se Despide de Su Isla ~ Samuel Caraballo
Fables ~ Arnold Lobel
The Giving Tree ~ Shel Silverstein
Ira Sleeps Over ~ Bernard Waber
The Legend of the Bluebonnet ~ Tomie DePaola
Martin's Big Words ~ Doreen Rappaport
Mirette on the High Wire ~ Emily Arnold McCully
Miss Rumphius ~ Barbara Cooney
Mr. Peabody's Apples ~ Madonna
My Mama Had a Dancing Heart ~ Libba Moore Gray
My Name is Yoon ~ Helen Recorvits
The Name Jar ~ Choi Yangsook
A New Coat for Anna ~ Harriet Ziefert
The Polar Express ~ Chris Van Allsburg
Suki's Kimono ~ Chieri Uegaki
Sweet Music in Harlem ~ Debbie Taylor
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble ~ William Steig
Thunder Cake ~ Patricia Polacco
Tooth Fairy's First Night ~ Anne Bowen
The Velveteen Rabbit ~ Margery Williams Bianco
What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street ~ Elsa Okon Rael
You Read To Me and I'll Read To You ~ John Ciardi
Zen Shorts ~ Jon J Muth
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin ~ Lloyd Moss

 


Chapter Books for Younger Children (grades K-3)

Amelia Bedelia ~ Peggy Parish
The Castle In the Attic ~ Elizabeth Winthrop
Charlotte's Web ~ E.B. White
The Cobble Street Cousins (series) ~ Cynthia Rylant
Gloria's Way ~ Ann Cameron
Henry and Mudge ~ Cynthia Rylant
James and the Giant Peach ~ Roald Dahl
The Jamie Angus Stories ~ Anne Fine
Keep The Lights Burning, Abbie ~ Peter and Connie Roop
Little Bear ~ Elsie Minarik
The Magic Tree House (series) ~ Mary Pope Osborne
Mr Popper's Penguins ~ Richard and Florence Atwater
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle ~ Betty MacDonald
My Father's Dragon ~ Ruth S Gannett
Poppleton ~ Cynthia Rylant
Puppy Mudge ~ Cynthia Rylant
Series by Cynthia Rylant ~ The Cobble Street Cousins
The Stories Julian Tells ~ Ann Cameron
Stuart Little ~ E.B. White
Young Cam Jansen ~ David Adler

 


Chapter Books (grades 3-8)

Babe & Me ~ Dan Gutman
Because of Winn-Dixie ~ Kate DiCamillo
Bridge to Teribithia ~ Katherine Patterson
Bud Not Buddy ~ Christopher Paul Curtis
The Castle in the Attic ~ Elizabeth Winthrop
Charlie's Raven ~ Jean Craighead George
Chasing Vermeer ~ Blue Balliett
The Courage of Sarah Noble ~ Alice Dalgliesh
The Doll People ~ Ann Martin
Esperanza Rising ~ Pam Munoz Ryan
Frindle ~ Andrew Clements
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E.Frankweiler ~ E.L.Konisburg
The Get Rich Quick Club ~ Gutman, Dan
Giant Rat of Sumatra ~ Fleischman, Sid
The Giant Rat of Sumatra ~ Sid Fleischman
Goose Girl ~ Shannon Hale
Goosed ~ Bill Wallace
Gregor the Overlander ~ Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ~ J.K. Rowling
The Incredible Journey ~ Sheila Burnford
The Indian in the Cupboard ~ Lynn Reid Banks
Island of the Blue Dolphins ~ Scott O'Dell
Jackie & Me ~ Dan Gutman
Joey Pigza Loses Control ~ Jack Gantos
Julie of the Wolves ~ Jean Craighead George
Lassie Come Home ~ Eric Knight
The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe ~ C.S. Lewis
Magyk ~ Angie Sage
Meanest Doll in the World ~ Ann Martin
The Meanest Doll in the World ~ Ann Martin
The Journey of Edward Tulane
MVP ~ Douglas Evans
MVP*: Magellan Voyage Project ~ Doug Evans
The Penderwicks:: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy ~ Jeanne Birdsall
Project Mulberry ~ Linda Sue Park
The Ravenmaster's Secret ~ Elvira Woodruff
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry ~ Mildred Taylor
Shakespeare's Secret ~ Elise Broach
Shiloh ~ Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Star of Kazan ~ Eva Ibbotson
Tale of Desperaux ~ Kate DiCamillo
The Thief Lord ~ Cornelia Funke
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle ~ Avi
The Watsons go To Burmingham ~ Christopher Paul Curtis
A Week in the Woods ~ Andrew Clements
White Star: A Dog on the Titanic ~ Marty Crisp
Winnie The Pooh ~ A.A. Milne
Wishing Moon ~ Michael O. Tunnell
A Wrinkle In time ~ Madeleine L'Engle

 


Poetry

Father, Mother, Sister, Brother ~ Mary Ann Hoberman
A Light In the Attic ~ Shel Silverstein
The Midnight Farm ~ Reeve Lindbergh
Side By Side, Poems to Read Together ~ Lee Benner Hopkins
Where The Sidewalk Ends ~ Shel Silverstein
You Be Good and I'll Be Night ~ Eve Merriam

 


Folk and Fairy Tale

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave ~ Marianna Mayer
Chinese Children's Favorite Stories ~ Mingmei Yip
The Day it Snowed Tortillas ~ Joe Hayes
Golden Tales: Myths, Legend and Folktales from Latin America ~ Lulu Delacre
Korean Children's Favorite Stories ~ Kim So-un
Las Nanas de Abuelita ~ Nelly P Jaramillo
The Lost Horse: A Chinese Folktale ~ Ed Young
Mightier than the Sword, World Folktales for Strong Boys ~ Jane Yolen
Mystic Horse ~ Paul Goble
Pappa Gatto: An Italian Fairy Tale ~ Ruth Sanderson
Rabbit and the Dragon King: Based on a Korean Folktale ~ Daniel SanSouci
Raisel's Riddle ~ Erica Silverman
The Random House Book of Fairy Tales ~ Amy Ehrlich
The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend ~ Aaron Shepard
The Seven Chinese Brothers ~ Margaret Mahy
Snow White ~ Jacob Grimm
The Sons of the Dragon King: A Chinese Legend ~ Ed Young
The Tale of the Firebird ~ Gennady Spirin
Tanuki's Gift ~ Tim Myers
The Thread of Life: Twelve Old Italian Tales ~ Domenico Vittorini
Tikki Tikki Tembo ~ Arlene Mosel
The Ugly Duckling ~ Hans Christian Anderson
The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Cinderella Tale from the Jewish Traditions
You Read To Me, I'll Read To You ~ Mary Ann Hoberman