University of Southern California

Festival of Books 2013

USC Book Drive Launches March 25

This year, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the University of Southern California is collecting new and gently used books to be distributed to local schoolchildren through the USC Family of Schools program. Last year’s record-breaking donations brought in close to 4,000 books to children in neighboring schools.  Help spread the word—download and print flyers for your office or dorm room door.

Donate Online

Visit the USC Bookstore and donate a book now.

In-person Drop-offs

On the University Park campus:

  • USC bookstore
  • All UPC entry gates
  • The Widney Alumni House

On the Health Science campus:

  • USC Bookstore
  • HSC Biggy Street garage entrance
  • The marketplace
  • All hospital and clinic entrances

During the Festival of Books weekend, books may be dropped off at the USC Donation Station (booth 701).

Donations may be brought to drop-off locations at the University Park Campus (all public entry gates, the USC Bookstores, and Judge Widney Alumni House) and Health Science campus (Biggy Street entrance, hospital and clinic entrances, and the marketplace.)

Wish List

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!”
— A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943

The following are book titles most requested by teachers at participating schools:

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition by L. Frank Baum
  • Sally and the Purple Socks (hardcover) by Lisze Bechtold
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography by Roger Bruns
  • On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, by A’Lelia Bundles
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle
  • Dogku by Andrew Clements
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
  • Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2) by Jeff Kinney
  • The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5) by Jeff Kinney
  • The Story of Eli Whitney by Jean Lee Latham
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Movie Tie-in Edition by C.S. Lewis
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Junie B. Jones , Book 9) by Barbara Park
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) by J.K. Rowling
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Skippyjon Jones 1-2-3 (Skippyjon Jones) by Judy Schachner
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • David Gets In Trouble by David Shannon
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and
  • Drawings by Shel Silverstein, by Shel Silverstein
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Touchdown: The Power and Precision of Football’s Perfect Play by Mark Stewart
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White