Books for Incarcerated Teens

Many years ago I first heard Walter Dean Myers speak of his involvement with incarcerated teens. Later, when I found myself with an abundance of YA ARCs, I was pleased to hear that they were much needed for incarcerated teens and looked for a way to get them to them. After some struggles figuring this out (living in NYC I’m carless so getting lots of books places isn’t so easy) I discovered that Karlan Sick, who lives around the corner from me, is now chair of the board for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens. Karlan told me to bring the books to her and she’d get them to the teens.  And so for the last few years, I periodically load up my shopping cart with finished galleys and take them to her building.  For a time I was told they could only take galleys and paperbacks, but more recently I’ve been able to donate hardcovers as well.  It is fabulous program that I associate with Walter as he was so passionate about incarcerated teens and so I was delighted to see the SLJ feature, “Literacy for Incarcerated Teens” and urge you to read it to learn more about this wonderful program.



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3 responses to “Books for Incarcerated Teens

  1. Thanks for your wonderful help for our cause! I’m a retired high school librarian and couldn’t keep Walter’s books on my shelf – in a school where it was hard to get kids to read much!
    I’m honored to sit with Karlan Sick and other dedicated volunteers on the board of Literacy for Incarcerated Teens.
    Best, Dana Lehrman


  2. Thanks so much for this information. Terrific post!


  3. There is no replacement for literacy. This is a wonderful cause. Thank you for sharing your story and for your contribution in spreading a better habit for teens.


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