Share the joy of reading!

Help Friends of the Library and Knox County Public Library collect new or like-new children’s books to include in holiday baskets from the Knoxville News Sentinel Empty Stocking Fund (ESF).

Be a part of this year’s campaign to collect enough books to ensure that every child receives a new book this holiday season!

  • Collect gift-quality books. For some children, their ESF books and gifts will be the only ones they receive. Please note that we cannot accept Imagination Library books as donations.
  • Drop off your book donations at any Knox County Public Library branch or at Union Ave Books.
  • Help us expand our reach by organizing a book drive in a group in your community (e.g., Scouts, book club, church, neighborhood association).
  • Let us do your shopping for you! Make a tax-deductible donation online using the link below, or mail a check to Friends at 500 W. Church Ave., Knoxville, TN 37902.

We especially need board books for infants and toddlers (ages 0–2) and books for middle and high schoolers. Spanish-language and bilingual books are also needed. Graphic novels are popular with all ages.

The holiday book drive extends through Monday, November 19. If you have ideas for a group book drive, please let us know at 865.215.8775 or, and we’ll help you arrange it and promote your efforts!

With your help, we can bring smiles to the faces of children all over Knox County with the gift of reading.

Suggestions for Shoppers

Some popular children’s and young adult authors:

  • Sandra Boynton
  • Eric Carle
  • Beverly Cleary
  • Anna Dewdney
  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Chris Grabenstein
  • Alan Gratz
  • John Green
  • Steve Light
  • Jason Reynolds
  • Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Rick Riordan
  • Richard Scarry
  • Nic Stone
  • Raina Telgemeier
  • Mo Willems
  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Rick Yancey

Some popular children’s and young adult series:

  • Amulet (Kazu Kiboshi)
  • Baby-Sitters’ Club graphic novels
  • Big Nate (Lincoln Pierce)
  • Captain Underpants (Dav Pilkey)
  • Corduroy (Don Freeman)
  • Curious George (H. A. Rey and Margret Rey)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)
  • Dog Man (Dav Pilkey)
  • Dork Diaries (Rachel Renée Russell)
  • Ivy and Bean (Annie Barrows)
  • Junie B. Jones (Barbara Park)
  • Magic Tree House (Mary Pope Osborne)
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
  • Nevermoor (Jessica Townsend)
  • Ordinary People Change the World (Brad Meltzer)
  • Percy Jackson (Rick Riordan)
  • Pete the Cat (Adam Rex)
  • The Sisters Grimm (Michael Buckley)
  • Touch Think Learn
  • The Unicorn Rescue Society (Adam Gidwitz)
2018 ESF Book Drive Participants
  • Blue Grass Elementary School
  • Cedar Bluff Racquet Club
  • Concord Christian School
  • Episcopal Church Women of the Church of the Ascension
  • Garden Montessori School
  • Knoxville Racquet Club
  • Plantation Springs Homeowners’ Association
  • West Valley Middle School
2018 ESF Book Drive Partners

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