Reading for Refugees: Got Any Spare Libros?

Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. –Barry Lopez

More than 50,000 children from Central America have been forced to cross the Rio Grande seeking asylum. Their tragedy is an opportunity for people who care about reading and books. These future readers need new or used books:

  • Picture books without text
  • Children’s, middle-grade, and young-adult books in Spanish or bilingual editions
  • Books for learning English
  • Basic Spanish-English dictionaries

The government has sent 1300 children to San Francisco where you can send books to the: Central American Resource Center, 3101 Mission Street, 94110, (415-642-4400).

Please forward this to readers you know, especially to schools, bookstores, libraries, service organizations and houses of worship.

If you can translate this into Spanish and send it to Hispanic organizations, please do.

Needed: an organization to accept donations for books and a knowledgeable volunteer to order books.


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  1. I’m so glad you’re writing about the needs of the Central American children, Michael!

  2. So excited to be returning for this year’s Writing for Change Conference. Thank you all for organizing such fantastic events for writers in my beloved City by the Bay! See you soon!