The days immediately following Thanksgiving are well-known for their wild shopping sprees. Retailers pour on the discounts and consumer flock to stores at all hours of the night to be first in line for great deals.
This phenomenon has grown from a single day (dubbed Black Friday) to include the weekend (Small Business Saturday) and even the following week (Cyber Monday). All of this marketing and branding got some savvy folks thinking about how they could use the shopping frenzy to do good.
And with that idea, Giving Tuesday was born.
For today’s Gift Guide, we’re honoring book creators who use their craft to give something back. All of the books featured today support a local or global non-profit.
Lying To Children By Rose Jermusyk
Grown-ups around the world tell children things that simply aren’t true. You know, lies. This book brings together the very best poems from the Kickstarter project based on the promise One Dollar = One Poem. A portion of royalties will go to FirstBook.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support FirstBook.
Brewing Ambition By Anita Riley
Homebrew recipes by the women of North Carolina’s Craft Beer Industry and the stories behind them. Proceeds from the sale of this book benefit The Pink Boots Society’s scholarship fund, which seeks to assist, encourage, and inspire women in the beer industry to further their careers through education.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support The Pink Boot Society.
Bolivia Querida By Ross Pike & Daniel Wright
Bolivia through the eyes and text of twenty-six ex-Peace Corps volunteers from 2004 to 2008. $5 from each sale of this book is sent to BiblioWorks, a non-profit organization that establishes literacy programs in impoverished communities throughout Bolivia.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support BiblioWorks.
Between Meals: Second Edition By Dani Fisher & Lauren Markham
An innovative narrative cookbook, Between Meals shares the expertise, recipes and stories of newly-arrived refugee women in the Bay Area. This book documents traditional recipes from around the world -from Burma to Liberia to Afghanistan -from Refugee Transitions’ participants, written down with the help of their Refugee Transitions tutors. Between Meals tells the stories of students’ exile from their home countries, their journeys to the United States, and their efforts–literally and metaphorically -to nourish their families in their new California homes.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support Refugee Transitions.
Activity Book, Version2 By Sophie Gamand
Flower Power is a series of shelter pit bulls wearing flower crowns. It was created by Sophie Gamand to raise awareness for pit bulls, and help dogs get adopted. This Activity Book is designed to help children use their voice and creativity, to speak for the voiceless and become advocates for compassion, respect and justice.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support a variety of Animal Rescues around the USA. Learn more here.
The Great E8 By Traci Bratcher
E8 is Harriet and M15’s famous eaglet from the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. This story will melt your heart as you read about its adventurous life growing up and the hardships it went through. You can’t help but fall in love with this brave eagle and will be cheering it on at the end. A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) on Sanibel Island, FL.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife
What The Heck Is Opioid Addiction? By Quincy Sirko et al.
Our elementary school, sadly, is filled with kids affected by the opioid crisis. We wanted a tool for them to learn about the problem, discuss it with friends and adults, and look to a future of hope where addiction science and medicine can help intervene in this tragedy. We hope that you and your loved ones find good information in our book. We are fifth graders at Baden Academy in Western Pennsylvania. This book was written as part of a research fellowship in our media lab. Find out more information on our website kids-vs-addictions.weebly.com.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support Kids vs. Addiction
The Gray Whales Of Baja By Wendy Wilder Larsen & Josie Merck
In March of 2005 Josie Merck and Wendy Wilder Larsen traveled to Baja California, to the San Ignacio Lagoon, to see firsthand where gray whales are born, and where mothers present their calves to the pangas (small boats) filled with visiting humans. This pristine birthing lagoon was saved from being developed into a huge salt plant planned by the Mexican and Japanese governments, thanks to the efforts of many individuals, companies, school children and non-profit groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Shelter Cats By Meg Miller
All of these beautiful cats in this book were once at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter and are now adopted into loving homes. This is a city shelter that is working toward no kill and has been making great strides in that direction. The cats are housed in home like rooms with couches and cat furniture and lots of blankets for them to lie on. The rooms can have up to 10 cats. The photographer is a volunteer.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support Oklahoma City Animal Shelter.
Tina’s Story By Heather Palmer & Kafumbi Njewa
This is one of three books The Landirani Trust, a UK registered charity, has produced to teach people about the lives of three children in Malawi. The illustrations have been done by a local artist and the stories have been written by Heather Palmer, Chairperson of Landirani and Kafumbi Njewa, Director of the charity.
Proceeds from the sale of this book support The Landirani Trust.
If you’re involved in a Non-Profit that uses books or calendars to raise money, or if you think this might be a good idea to pursue, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to provide advice and guidance:
Check out our full Holiday Gift Guide for even more inspiration.
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